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British Columbia Aboriginal Land Managers (BCALM) is non–political and operates as a technical land management advisory body only. BCALM’s main objective is to engage First Nation Land Managers in opportunities that will enhance their skills and knowledge, and provide tools and systems to efficiently and effectively manage their lands. BCALM endeavors to assist member First Nations to improve proficiency in the ongoing development, implementation and monitoring of First Nation Land Management practices.

Having the competency and confidence can lead to opting into more advanced land management regimes by First Nations. As many First Nations are already in a more advanced land management regime, such as those under the First Nation Land Management Act, Self-Government initiatives or treaty agreements, it gives developing First Nations the same land management opportunities and benefits.


Our History

Several Lands Administrators throughout British Columbia expressed the need for British Columbia First Nations to keep abreast of activities and developments pertaining to First Nations land management issues on a National level. Many also recognized the potential benefits associated with forming a Regional Lands Association affiliated with the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA). Four First Nations from British Columbia who maintain Associate Memberships with NALMA believed that formation of a British Columbia Regional Association would greatly benefit and complement both organizations in our joint efforts to increase capacity for First Nation Lands Managers.

On March 12, 2012, NALMA’s Board of Directors voted to accept the membership application of the British Columbia Aboriginal Lands Managers (BCALM). The four founding members are the Coldwater Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band, Shuswap Indian Band and Skeetchestn Indian Band. It is our hope that BCALM will provide an opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge in Land Management in the various land regimes, economic development, taxation and many other issues. All members of First Nations will benefit from the establishment of the British Columbia Regional Association.

We, the British Columbia Aboriginal Land Managers (BCALM), seek to manage our First Nation lands and resources through professional best practices that promote sustainable use in the interest of our future generations.


Goals & Objectives

The goal of the British Columbia Regional Lands Association is to provide a working environment to facilitate the participation and networking of all First Nations Land Managers on land-related issues and create systems that will assist First Nation interests in various land management functions.



Membership has many benefits, including information exchange and networking with fellow First Nations Land professionals, training, and workshops.

What are the benefits?

  • BCALM networking opportunities with other First Nations Land Managers
  • Access to Land Management training and development
  • Access to NALMA’s Online Land Management Resource Library peer site
  • Access to NALMA’s network of Land Managers
  • Access to technical expertise on Land Management issues
  • Access to the Online Resource Library

In addition to exclusive training opportunities, and access to all NALMA resources and information, the primary lands representative is eligible for 100% travel reimbursement to attend BCALM sessions

Joining BCALM

The Purpose of BCALM

The purpose of BCALM is to support the needs of Aboriginal Land Managers in British Columbia and to manage our First Nations lands and resources through professional best practices that promote sustainable use in the interest of our future generations.

BCALM is a regional association of Lands Managers committed to the enhancement of professional development and technical expertise in the functions of lands management