The First Nations Major Projects Coalition (FNMPC) is leading the way in developing this new approach.
Members of the FNMPC know that, especially in our rural and remote communities, major projects are one of the few development opportunities that could bring meaningful change. First Nations communities know they cannot rely on government programs alone to close the infrastructure and socio-economic gaps; economic development is required.
The Coalition recognizes that we are stronger together and was established to promote the shared interests of our members who span across Canada. At the FNMPC, we are working to advance the capacity needs of our members in the broad areas of Economic Participation and Environmental Stewardship. Through this work, the FNMPC is creating pathways to reconciliation by advancing opportunities for First Nations to obtain ownership stakes in major projects that run through their territories by advocating for sovereign loan guarantees and establishing economic models that would increase Indigenous participation in major developments.
We know that the environment is inextricably connected to everything that we do and that in order for any major project to obtain First Nations support and consent, it must firstly meet our standards of environmental stewardship. At the FNMPC, we support these inherent responsibilities by working to build and promote Indigenous-led environmental assessment processes.