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Environmental Protection: Challenges and Prospects for First Nations under the First Nations Land Management Act

The First Nations Land Management Act, which sets out a sectoral self-government regime, is attracting increasing interest from First Nations across Canada. Originally developed for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, this paper outlines the jurisdiction in environmental management that First Nations under the Act would assume, contingent upon reaching an environmental management agreement with the federal government. It then explores options for how the regulatory function flowing from these agreements might be exercised.

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About the Authors

  • John Graham

  • Laura Edgar

    Laura Edgar

    Vice President - Board & Organizational Governance

    Laura leads the Institute’s work on board and organizational governance, including providing advisory services related to roles, responsibilities and functioning of boards of directors, strategic planning, member engagement and governance assessments.  She also provides tailored learning programs on request. She has a strong professional and academic background in the governance of public purpose organizations, indigenous governance, business management, adult education, and international programming.

    Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Edgar was the Programs Coordinator at the Institute for Leadership Development, where she led several programs for young professionals and young entrepreneurs. Her responsibilities included program management, liaising with Canadian and international partner organizations, and organizing training programs.

    Ms. Edgar has completed an M.A. in Economics at the University of Guelph, and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.  In addition, she lived and worked for two years in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa and two years in Japan, and has managed projects in South-East Asia and Lesotho.

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