Under the Framework Agreement, signatory First Nations established a Lands Advisory Board to assist them in implementing land governance over their reserve lands and resources. Councils of the Signatory Operational First Nations (FNs) determine composition of the LAB.
The LAB is currently comprised of 14 elected Directors and the Chair, serving on staggered terms. Annually, one Directors position comes up for election from each of three regions. These three regions are British Columbia, Prairie (AB, SK and MB), and Eastern (ON, QC and the Atlantic).
The LAB Chair is elected for a 5-year term; the Directors are elected for three-year terms. The responsibilities of the LAB are prescribed by the Framework Agreement and ratified by the FNLMA.
The LAB mission statement can be summarized as: “First Nations working together to resume jurisdiction over reserve lands and natural resources.” The LAB established the Resource Centre to discharge the LAB’s technical responsibilities under the Framework Agreement, one of which is to arrange the terms of comprehensive funding arrangements with INAC.
The Resource Centre mission statement can be summarized as: “Supporting First Nations to exercise their Inherent Right to govern their lands and resources.”