Taking Control of our Destiny: First Nations Leading the Way 6



5:00pm – 7:30pm

| Registration and Tradeshow Open

6:00pm – 7:30pm

| Welcoming Reception – Salle De Bal

7:35pm – 8:30pm

| Performances

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

7:30am – 8:30am

| Breakfast – Salle De Bal

8:30am – 8:45am

| Welcoming and National Meeting Overview

-Emcee overview of Day 1 agenda
-Prayer by Elder

8:45am – 9:35am

| Updates from the Institutions and LAB

Chief Robert Louie, Chairman, First Nations Lands Advisory Board (LAB)
Ernie Daniels, President/CEO, First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA)
C.T. Manny Jules, Chief Commissioner, First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC)
Allan Claxton, Executive Chair, First Nations Infrastructure Institute (FNII)
Harold Calla, Executive Chair, First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB)

9:40am – 10:00am

| Panel with Minister Greg Rickford

Hosted by, TBD

10:05am – 10:35am

| TBD Proposed Initiatives from the FMA Institutions with FMB and FNFA

10:35am – 10:50am

| Coffee Break

10:50am – 11:30am

| Empowered with the Support of Fiscal Tools with FNTC

Featuring Squamish Nation

On January 1, 1993, the Squamish Nation began levying property taxation. Thirty years later, the Squamish Nation has one of the fastest growing economies in BC. These revenues help support the financing of community infrastructure as well as community health, education, language, and culture. Squamish Nation provides an overview on how the FMA has supported their growth as well as preparing for their next stage of development.

11:30am – 12:05pm


12:05pm – 1:15pm

| Lunch Break and Keynote Address

1:15pm – 2:10pm

| Engagement Breakout Rooms 1 (choose 1)

  • A Nations Journey from FAL to FMS with FMB – Salle De Bal

The FMB has been working closely with First Nations to support the development of Financial Management Systems (FMS). When a Nation has fully implemented their Financial Administration Law (FAL), they can request certification from FMB.

  • Atlantic First Nations Water Authority – Julien & Suzor

The Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFNWA) represents progress, innovation, and a long-term solution for water and wastewater problems that affect Atlantic First Nations communities. Now operational, this pan-Atlantic Utility provides a common standard for water & wastewater treatment along with improved management and increased resources to deal with long standing water challenges faced by Atlantic First Nations. The development of the AFNWA represents the collective effort of Chiefs, Elders and community Water and Wastewater Operators since work began formally in 2009. A Framework Agreement was executed by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and the AFNWA in June 2020 to chart the course to transfer responsibility from the Minister of ISC to AFNWA with commitments for sustainable funding over the long term. To accompany the Transfer Agreement, the AFNWA developed a detailed Transition Implementation Plan that outlined the key milestones required to meet our goal of full operations by 2022, including; a comprehensive Asset Management Plans for our member communities, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Master Plans, a 10-year Business Plans inclusive of 10 Year Capital and Operating Budgets, a Service Delivery Transfer Agreement to transfer ministerial responsibility for water and wastewater service to the AFNWA, and a long term funding commitment.

  • Fireside Chat with Youth Delegates (Closed) – Delfosse

Representatives from the institutions and LAB speak to the Youth on the success of the Fiscal Management Act (FMA), overview of our services, and the future of economic reconciliation.

2:10pm – 2:15pm

| Break

2:15pm – 3:10pm

| Engagement Breakout Rooms 2 (choose 1)

  • Indigenous Owned Insurance and Surety with FNFA – Salle De Bal

This model empowers Indigenous Nations by establishing an ownership model that dismantles historical barriers, ensuring equitable market access. Guided by innovation, respect, and collaboration, we are transforming ownership into a tool to foster economic reconciliation to amplify Indigenous voices on a path towards wealth and prosperity

  • Advancing Jurisdiction to Support Self-Determination with FNTC – Julien & Suzor


  • Fireside Chat with Youth Delegates (Closed) – Delfosse


3:15pm – 4:00pm

| Keynote Speech by Professor Peter Yu

4:00pm – 4:30pm

| End of Conference Day 1 Closing

-Emcee recap of Day 1 and review of Day 2 agenda
-Prayer by Elder

6:00pm – 8:30pm

| Evening Banquet (open to all attendees)

-6:00 – Doors Open
-6:15 – Emcee welcoming
-6:20 – Buffet Dinner
-6:45 – Performance
-7:05 – Performance

Thursday, November 16, 2023

7:45am – 8:45am

| Breakfast – Salle De Bal

8:30am – 8:45am

| Welcoming to Day 2

-Emcee overview of Day 2 agenda
-Prayer by Elder

9:00am – 9:55am

| Mistawasis Nehiyawak’s Journey Forward Panel with FNFA

Mistawasis Nehiyawak has made significant investments into their community for their members using the FMA and financing through FNFA. We will hear from Mistawasis and what this has meant to their community and members.

10:00am – 10:55am

| Engagement Breakout Rooms 3 (choose 1)

  • Supporting Nation to Take Control of their Infrastructure Destiny with FNII – Salle De Bal

The First Nations Infrastructure Institute (FNII) was established in June 2023 through amendments to the First Nations Fiscal Management Act and is available to support Nations to assert jurisdiction and take greater control of their infrastructure. This support will include development of strong business cases. FNII’s establishment included proof of concept projects with Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point. This presentation will provide an overview of FNII, introduction to the business case process, and description of how this was applied in the proof-of-concept projects.

  • RoadMap Fireside Chat with FMB – Julien & Suzor

The RoadMap Project is an optional, practical, and implementable pathway to Indigenous economic reconciliation, consistent with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Informed by discussions with First Nations across Canada, RoadMap offers realistic and impactful options to empower First Nations governments in moving past the failed one-size-fits-all approach of the colonial system.

  • Activity for Youth Delegates (Closed) – Delfosse

Cultural craft activity with the Youth and Elders.

10:55am – 11:10am

| Coffee Break

11:10am – 12:15pm

| Engagement Breakout Rooms 4 (choose 1)

  • Building Capacity for Change with FNTC – Salle De Bal

The Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics is breaking down barriers and helping students build strong communities. 15 years of student success stories through sharing knowledge and co-creating path towards economic reconciliation.

  • Indigenous Owned Insurance & Surety with FNFA – Julien & Suzor

This model empowers Indigenous Nations by establishing an ownership model that dismantles historical barriers, ensuring equitable market access. Guided by innovation, respect, and collaboration, we are transforming ownership into a tool to foster economic reconciliation to amplify Indigenous voices on a path towards wealth and prosperity.

  • Panel Preparations with Youth Delegates (Closed) – Delfosse

Youth review panel questions and discuss.

12:15pm – 1:25pm

| Networking Lunch Break

1:25pm – 1:55pm

| Youth Panel

Facilitated by FMB Vice-Chair Dillon Johnson

2:00pm – 2:40pm

| The Future of Land Governance under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management with LAB

Canada is overhauling its policy and seeking input from First Nation stakeholders.

2:45pm – 3:25pm

| Australian Panel

Facilitated by FMB CEO Geordie Hungerford

3:30pm – 3:45pm

| End of Conference Day 2 Closing

-Emcee recap of Day 2 agenda
-Prayer by Elder