2019 Land Use Planning Sessions

Module 1:
January 29-31, 2019
Spirit Ridge Hotel, Osoyoos BC
Module 2:
March 5-7, 2019
Kwalilas Hotel, Port Hardy, Vancouver Island BC
Module 3:
April 16-18, 2019
Pinnacle Hotel, Vancouver BC

This Environmental Stewardship Seminar will explore ‘Land Use Planning’ as part of the multi-disciplinary series of training sessions designed by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) to educate First Nations on current and relevant topics of interest.


BC & First Nation Land Use Planning Context

British Columbia’s relationship with First Nations is complex and constantly evolving. A history of treaty talks, legal cases and policy has influenced First Nations’ ability to govern, plan and manage their lands and resources. Yet, the need for First Nations to make decisions about their land and resources in the face of development pressures continues to grow. With a recent landmark Supreme Court decision (Chilcotin, 2014) and increased land governance tools at their disposal, First Nations are well positioned to embrace Land Use Planning as a tool for self-determination and increased control over their lands and resources.


Seminar Overview

Land use planning (LUP) is primarily concerned with managing land and resources and affects almost every aspect of community life, whether it is where people live, where roads and buildings are built or where people work and carry out their cultural practices and protocols. LUP is a process where people come together to make decisions about the future, weighing every possible variable that can be thought of and coming up with the principles, goals, objectives, rules and regulations that will guide future use of land. A major function of land use planning is to define how land is used and managed, based on the values, needs, services and vision of the community. A land use plan should reflect the community’s priorities, environmental conditions, future needs, including economic development in particular.


The intent of this training session is to inform First Nation people on the basics of land use planning, which will include discussions about the Indian Act, First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA), Treaty and how jurisdiction impacts land use planning processes and plans. The valuation of particular aspects of land planning such as the economic premise of highest and best use and environmental components including conservation for environmental, spiritual and cultural purposes will also be explored during the session.  

Workshop Objectives

This workshop will allow participants to:


• understand the concept of Land Use Planning and the importance of developing effective LUPs for now and for future generations,

• explore Land Governance, Zoning, Policies and available Decision Making Tools,

• engage members of their community to identify Capacity, Capability and Information Needs required to move to the next step in the land use planning process, and

• understand how specific tools can be used to Monitor and Evaluate how effective LUPs are after implementation.


Jeff Cook, MCIP, M.A (Planning)   Beringia Community Planning

Mr. Cook has over 23 years of planning education, applied community experience and working relationships with First Nations across Canada, in a variety of planning capacities, including land use planning and training.  

Workshop Schedule

Agenda Posted Soon

Who should attend?

Up to two (2) representatives from your community are invited to attend, and we encourage each community to send a team from across disciplines/departments. This workshop will be directly relevant to Environmental staff, Economic Development Officers, Land Management Officers and Housing staff.



working with Governments, organizations, businesses and First Nations across Canada. 

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council (NmTC) is a non-profit society established in 1983 that supports its member nations in realizing their efforts towards self-reliance, self-governance, connection to culture, and quality of life now and for future generations.


NmTC generates own-source revenues through its activities, and the activities of Naut'sa mawt Resources Group (NRG) by providing products and services to private and public sectors across Canada. Revenues enable NmTC to expand  resources available to member Nations and support Indigenous communities throughout Canada

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