First Nations are saying they need to be a part of major projects that are occurring on their lands.
In past experiences when First Nations have negotiated an ownership position in major infrastructure projects on their lands, they have not been able to arrange financing to realize ownership, or at least at terms that would provide a meaningful return.
Several First Nations have formed the First Nations Major Projects Coalition (“FNMPC” or “Coalition”) for the purposes of examining: i) how ownership of major resource projects on their lands could be facilitated, and ii) how environmental practices can be improved to meet their needs.
The work of the FNMPC is directed through feedback received from the First Nations participating in the Coalition. There are numerous projects proposed in the territories of participating First Nations that could benefit from support provided by the FNMPC.
FNMPC Members Nation-wide
The purposes of the FNMPC are to work collaboratively, cooperatively and cohesively towards the enhancement of the economic well-being of its members, understanding that a strong economy is reliant upon a healthy environment supported by vibrant cultures, languages and expressions of traditional laws, and in particular to:
(a) Safeguard our air, land, water and medicine sources from the impacts of resource development by asserting its members’ influence and traditional laws on environmental, regulatory and negotiation processes;
(b) Receive a fair share of benefits from projects undertaken in the traditional territories of its members; and
(c) Explore ownership opportunities of projects proposed in the traditional territories of its members.
Member First Nations working collaboratively, cooperatively and cohesively towards the enhancement of the economic well-being of our respective memberships, understanding that a strong economy is reliant upon a healthy environment, supported by vibrant cultures, languages and expression of our traditional laws.
To achieve our Vision and fulfill our Mandate, the Board of Directors will:
Manage our work in a fiscally responsible manner giving effect to direction provided by FNMPC members.
Organize the FNMPC in a manner that is considerate of elected and hereditary leadership needs and aspirations.
Validate our effectiveness and efficiency through ongoing measurement of the attainment of goals and milestones identified in our work plan.
Encourage an increase in membership through ongoing outreach activities that are designed to proactively engage members where they live.
Support First Nations in the application of models designed to build capacity in order to deal with major project opportunities.
FNMPC - The Time is Now
Minister Jane Philpott's message to Coalition Members, June 25, 2018
Dr. Ken Coates on the work of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition
“The First Nations Major Projects Coalition is a truly revolutionary force. It takes something that is very real, which is the right of Aboriginal People to have a say on resource development and project development within their territories, and builds that into a region-wide, province-wide, and eventually nation-wide source of authority and opportunity.”