First Nations Guardians Fund

For the first time, the First Nations Guardians Fund will be distributed by the First Nations National Guardians Network (NGN). You can learn more about the network at

The First Nations National Guardians Network (NGN) is here to help, and will be running a series of webinars for Guardians working on their applications.

Hey Guardians! Are you working on your 2024 First Nations Guardians Fund application? Don’t miss these webinars happening soon:


Nov. 9 @ 9am PT/ 10am MT/ 11am CT/ 12pm ET/ 1pm AT/ 1:30pm NT

Meeting link

Meeting ID: 885 8582 1008


Nov. 20 @ 9am PT/ 10am MT/ 11am CT/ 12pm ET/ 1pm AT/ 1:30pm NT

Meeting link

Meeting ID: 847 7749 4176


We will walk through the application process and answer questions from Guardians! Guardians, coordinators, team members and leads are all welcome! Applicants can now register and apply on the Good Grants portal:

For any questions about the Call for Proposals, please direct applicants to

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National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA)

Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP)

About the program

The Professional Land Management Certification Program (PLMCP) was developed in 2006 through a partnership between Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association (NALMA) and other subject matter experts to provide accredited training for First Nation land managers.

The program offers professional training to First Nations land managers so that they may strengthen their knowledge and skills through a 2 level process:

  • Level 1: post-secondary training
  • Level 2: technical training

There are 3 post-secondary institutions with options for completing Level 1 of the PLMCP.

Technical training in Level 2 of the PLMCP is delivered directly by NALMA. The goal of this program is to help First Nations build capacity to effectively manage their lands and environment under the Indian Act.

More information

Intake Year 2022-23:

RLEMP Letter to First Nations 2022-23 - ENG

RLMEP Letter to First Nations 2022-23 - FR

Matrimonial Real Property

National Aboriginal Land Managers Association (NALMA) is pleased to announce Special Project Funding to provide financial support to First Nations. There are now Four Categories of Funding with varied streams in each category. First Nation governments enacting Matrimonial Real Property Laws pursuant to Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests, or Rights Act are encouraged to apply. First Nations who are subject to the Provisional Federal Rules are also encouraged to apply. First Nations are invited to submit a proposal for funding up to $25,000 for projects related to the following areas:

Category 1 Education & Awareness

A. Understanding the Provisional Federal Rules (PFRs)
B. Understanding the First Nation-specific law enacted under FHRMIRA
C. Understanding Dispute Resolution in the context of Matrimonial Real Property

Category 2 Consultation & Strategic Planning

A. Community and Stakeholder Consultation to determine if the First Nation will stay under the PFRs or develop own law
B. Community and Stakeholder consultation to determine if the First Nation would like to develop a Dispute Resolution mechanism

Category 3 Law Development under FHRMIRA

A. Development of Laws: Legal Fees and incremental draft reviews by Community
B. Ratification

Category 4 Implementation

A. Organizational Capacity Building for implementation of PFRs
B. Organization Capacity Building for implementation of a First Nation Specific Law
C. Organizational Capacity Building for implementation of a Dispute Resolution mechanism

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Land Use Planning

Land Use Planning (LUP) Funding Initiative Application 2023

About the Initiative

First Nations may apply to the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) for funding to assist in the development of their Land Use Plans (LUP).  NALMA may provide First Nation communities with technical support and training throughout the LUP process as needed.

Your community may be eligible to receive funding for the development of a land use plan. Please note that the amount of funding approved for your land use plan will depend on eligible project activities and available budgets, while the time required to complete your plan may vary.

There are three separate funding categories you can apply for:

  • Category 1: Background Report (Pre-Planning)
  • Category 2: Land Use Plan Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Category 3: Updating an Existing Land Use Plan
NALMA’s 2023-24 Land Use Planning Funding Initiative call for proposals is now open. NALMA is currently accepting applications from First Nations in Canada interested in developing a Land Use Plan (LUP).

Applications closed 4:00pm Eastern Time on April 11, 2023.


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Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)

Environment and natural resources

First Nation Adapt Program

This program provides funding to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and disaster risk reduction.

The program works with First Nation communities to identify region-specific priorities, impacts, and opportunities for climate change projects. The program prioritizes First Nation communities most impacted by climate change related to sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, drought, fisheries, and winter road failures. These disruptive and costly impacts present significant challenges to meeting First Nation communities' infrastructure needs.

The program provides support for communities to address one or more of the following types of projects:

  • risk assessments of climate change impacts on community infrastructure or emergency management
  • development and assessment of adaptation options
  • cost benefit analysis of adaptation options

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Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program

This program provides funding to support Indigenous peoples in the design, implementation, or expansion of long-term community-based climate monitoring projects. Specifically, the program supports community-led projects to monitor climate and the environmental effects of climate change on communities and traditional territories. The program also facilitates access to tools and best practices, enhances collaboration and coordination among initiatives and supports Indigenous participation in program oversight.

Examples of eligible activities for funding include:

  • community engagement
  • developing a monitoring plan
  • hiring and training of community members to work on the project
  • rental or purchase of monitoring equipment
  • monitoring key climate indicators
  • assessing and managing Indigenous knowledge and science-based data
  • communicating climate monitoring results
  • networking

The information gathered through community-based climate monitoring initiatives can be used to inform Indigenous community adaptation actions and address climate data gaps.

These initiatives also provide local skill development and employment opportunities for youth and others and promote knowledge transfer between generations.

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Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

Land management

Programs and legislation about reserve land, land management, environmental stewardship, financial management and the professional land management certification program.

Services and information:

First Nations Land Management

Find out how First Nations can develop their own laws about land use and take advantage of economic development opportunities.

Additions to reserve

Add land to an existing reserve land or create a new reserve for First Nations.

Treaty Land Entitlement

Find out about the Treaty Land Entitlement process and settlement agreements in Canada.

Land Registration

Land registries and records including the Indian Land Registry System, the First Nations Land Registry system and the Self-Governing First Nations Land Register.

First Nations Fiscal Management

Apply to have financial management authority over property taxation, local revenues and economic development on reserve.

Reserve lands and environmental management

Apply for targeted funding to help your community meet the objectives of its program.

Contaminated Sites Management Program

Reducing and eliminating contaminates on-reserve and providing information for informed decision-making by individuals and communities.

Indigenous Centre of Expertise for Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management

The centre will help to build the scientific and technical capacity for Indigenous communities to assess and manage cumulative effects on their lands and territories.

Professional Land Management Certification Program

Train to become a certified First Nations land manager or officer.


Ordering and identifying parcels lands for management and development.

Designation and Surrender: Interim Bulletin for Chapter 5, Land Management Manual

Legislative and regulatory amendments to the Indian Act and the Indian Referendum Regulations.

Locatee Lease Policy and Directive

The Locatee Lease Policy and Directive 7-3: Locatee Leases (2013) replaces Directive 7-3: Locatee Leases of Chapter 7 -Leases: Drafting, Issuing and Cancelling in the Land Management Manual, 2003.