Frequently Asked Questions

The role of OALA is to offer tools and systems to manage lands, providing capacity building, training and expertise in the area of land management for Lands Managers in Ontario. By providing professional development workshops with up-to-date and relevant information, tailoring training to OALA members, developing and supporting on-going communication and networking links and operating as a non-political technical body. OALA will also assists INAC with input into land management policies.

No, NALMA membership is made up of the 8 Regional Lands Association across Canada and such other eligible persons or Associations as admitted by resolution of the Board.

The Regional Lands Associations are independent regional or territorial associations established by Land Managers, and recognized by NALMA. Chairs for each RLA make up the Corporate body of NALMA and their participation helps set the direction and mandate for the land management profession at large. This model allows Regional perspectives to be discussed at a National level.

  1. Atlantic Region Aboriginal Lands Association (ARALA)
  2. British Columbia Aboriginal Land Managers (BCALM)
  3. First Nation Lands Managers Association for Quebec and Labrador (FNLMAQL)
  4. Ontario Aboriginal Lands Association (OALA)
  5. Planning and Land Administrators of Nunavut (PLAN)
  6. Saskatchewan Aboriginal Land Technicians (SALT)
  7. Treaty and Aboriginal Land Stewards Association of Alberta (TALSAA)
  8. Manitoba USKE (USKE)

No, it does not matter which land regime you are in. OALA is available to support its members regardless of Land Regime.

OALA is a technical and resource support for our members to provide them with the readiness and capacity building components required in all regimes.

Yes.  Nearly half of OALA members are operational under the Framework Agreement.  Training and networking opportunities are always geared to members needs, and that includes the needs of First Nations who are signatories to the Framework Agreement.

Yes.  Many OALA members manage their land under the Indian Act. Training and networking opportunities are always geared to members needs, and that includes First Nations who operate under the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program, or those who are not under any specific Land Regime. 

Yes.  Building capacity in Lands Management is one of the primary objectives of OALA.  First Nations are encouraged to join OALA to build their network in the Lands Management profession, and access training that will help support the First Nations goals for managing land.

ESTABLISHMENT: The Ontario Aboriginal Lands Association will continue to be a firm base which will include the continuing development of the organizational structure and mandate of the professional association.

NETWORKING: OALA will be a means to Lands Managers in Ontario for the professional exchange of information and support.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OALA will be a means for Lands Managers in Ontario for the professional development for First Nation Lands Management and Administration.

INPUT/OUPUT: OALA will provide an opportunity to assist various levels of government and provincial territorial organizations as to the existing and future management of First Nation lands.

  • OALA meetings are bi-annually
  • Usually coincide with a scheduled training session
  • Membership to the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA)

Typically, OALA training opportunities offer full reimbursement for travel expenses.

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