OALA News

Introducing the National Additions to Reserve Tracking System (NATS)

Indigenous Services Canada in collaboration with the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association invites you to attend a virtual training and demonstation session on the NATIONAL ADDITIONS to RESERVE TRACKING SYSTEM (NATS)

There will be a total of six sessions, including a session delivered in French on December 13th. Each session will have the same content, but you are welcome to register for more than one session, if you wish.

Each session will be two hours in length, including time for questions

If you have any questions regarding the Training and Demonstration or difficulties registering please contact

Charlene McCue, Lands Project Coordinator, NALMA

Registration Links:

Canada Lands Survey System Map Browser Demonstration

NALMA is pleased to announce that registration will open for the following demonstration:   

The Canada Lands Survey System Map Browser Demonstration is an interactive presentation and demonstration on Canada Lands Survey System Map Browser’s newest features.

Who should Register:  
First Nation land managers, community leadership, and/or other staff working on lands in their First Nation (limit 5 per Nation). 

Canada Lands Survey System Map Browser Demonstration: 
Dates:  November 22, 2022
Location:  Online via Zoom
Time:  1 pm – 2 pm (EST) 

Registration Open:  November 7, 2022  
Registration Deadline:  November 21, 2022 

Register Here:
Becky Wolfe: bwolfe@nalma.ca 

For questions regarding the Canada Lands Survey System Map Browser Demonstration,
please contact Becky Wolfe at 705-875-1024

The 2023-2024 Call for Proposals for the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

I am pleased to provide you with details on the 2023-2024 Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) Call for Proposals.

The application period for projects commencing in 2023-2024 is now open and will close on November 15th, 2022 at 3pm (EST).

Now in its 20th year, AFSAR provides funding to support projects that increase the capacity of Indigenous organizations and communities to participate in the recovery of species at risk and in the protection of their habitat, and in preventing other species from becoming a conservation concern.

To apply for funding, you will be required to complete the AFSAR on-line application form via the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS). Please see the GCEMS website to register an account and for further instructions to submit an AFSAR application. The previous online application system is now permanently offline. If you require information from the Tracking System, please let me know.

If you are interested in submitting a project proposal, I strongly encourage you to contact me to discuss your project or submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), to receive feedback and to ensure that your proposal aligns with Program priorities and expected results for 2023-24. Please use the attached EOI template and submit your EOI to Renee.Turza@ec.gc.ca no later than October 26th, 2022. Early submissions are encouraged. I also recommend that you begin the registration and application process early in GCEMS after having discussed your project or received feedback on your EOI to ensure you are able to submit your application before the deadline.

For this call for proposals, projects can be up to a maximum of three years, and there are no regional priorities identified for this year as in previous years. Your project must include at least one Schedule 1, Species at Risk Act-listed species or one species that has been assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as endangered, threatened, or of special concern but have not yet been listed on Schedule 1 of SARA. Also note that Environment and Climate Change Canada will aim to have AFSAR funding decisions available by spring 2023.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is responsible for administering the aquatic AFSAR program. Applicants wishing to pursue new aquatic AFSAR projects should contact the appropriate DFO regional coordinator directly.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the recovery of species at risk and in preventing other species from becoming a conservation concern.

Patrick Rivers

Habitat Stewardship Program Coordinator – Ontario Region

Canadian Wildlife Service

Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada

Patrick.Rivers@ec.gc.ca / (416) 433-8322

Renee Turza

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk Coordinator – Ontario Region

Canadian Wildlife Service

Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada

Renee.Turza@ec.gc.ca | (437) 747-1445

For more information, visit their website! www.indigenousclimatemonitoring.ca

The forum and the conference brought together Indigenous communities, thought leaders and relevant organizations from across Canada. There were over 200 participants who attended each of these events and heard from a talented group of presenters.

These events provided opportunities for stakeholders, practitioners and experts to discuss relevant issues and practices surrounding cumulative effects. These videos are an engaging way to learn from experts in the field and see how communities are adapting to the cumulative impacts of human activities across environmental, cultural, social and health dimensions.

  • Stewards of the Land – Shawanaga First Nation Environmental Management Plan
    October 12, 2019
  • Shawanaga Land Use Plan – Our Community, Our Way
    October 12, 2019
  • Six Examples of Creative Engagement that Work
    October 12, 2019
    Green 3D map
    We know that having as many people from your Indigenous nation engaged in your land…
  • Five Crucial Elements Every Land Use Plan Needs
    September 1, 2019
    Ducks in water
    What motivates most planners is a deep desire to create spaces for people to live…
  • Three Questions to a Clear Vision
    September 1, 2019
    Tree in winter
    Whether you are building a land use plan, a community energy plan or any other…
  • Background Info Check List
    September 1, 2019
    Scrolls of documents
    Gathering existing background information into one place is a great way to start any planning…
  • Indigenous Planning Cheat Sheet: Five Types, Tips and Resources
    September 1, 2019
    Wooden 3D map
    Springtime is planning time! Do you hear that and groan?
  • Indigenous Nations Lead the Way in Marine Planning: How to Get Involved
    September 1, 2019
    Boat on lake
    From coast to coast to coast, Indigenous nations are leading the way for marine planning.
  • How to Use Video for Maximum Impact
    September 1, 2019
    Man doing video narration
    So you have this fantastic new land use plan that you’ve worked on for two…
  • Indigenous nations prepare for high waters: Floodplain Mapping
    September 12, 2019
    Magnetawan River flooding
    Every spring, a growing number of Indigenous nations face the threat of surging meltwaters, and…

Become a Member of OALA

Joining OALA is simple!!