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NALMA is a dynamic organization committed to providing efficient tools and resources to its members through the Regional Land Associations and Associate Members. We honour the members of each of the Associations for their hard work and dedication, which allows NALMA to undertake the many challenges that support and promote best practices in First Nation land management.


Our History

For many years, the idea of forming a National Lands Managers Association had been on the minds of Lands Managers across Canada. In June 1999, a group of Lands Managers gathered in Toronto, Ontario and elected an ad hoc committee, who developed a plan of action for the establishment of a National Lands Managers Association. The plan of action provided basic direction and the mandates of the association.

On April 17, 2000, Leona Irons was hired as the Executive Director of NALMA. Jill Knott was hired one month later and an office was set up at Curve Lake First Nation. NALMA’s first contribution was in July 2000, and went through Curve Lake First Nation. Curve Lake First Nation was very supportive with NALMA’s endeavors in establishing itself.

On December 21, 2000, the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) became officially incorporated as a non-profit, non-political organization with an elected Regional Board of Directors.

Our Mission

This National Organization of First Nation Lands Managers will actively network towards the enhancement of professional development and technical expertise in the functions of Lands Management, and will also incorporate First Nations values and beliefs in Lands Management, always keeping in mind grassroot practices when dealing with Lands Management.



As stewards of the land, we are committed to empowering Land Managers to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. We are responsible for the sustainable management of our ancestral lands for future generations.

To raise professional standards in Land Management, NALMA’s mandate focuses on three areas:

  • Technical Support: NALMA can provide technical expertise in the area of land management to First Nation Lands Managers, First Nation organizations, and government agencies.
  • Networking and Communication: NALMA will provide a channel for successfully networking through open lines of communication, knowledge sharing, and the establishment of partnerships and strategic alliances across Canada.
  • Professional Development: NALMA will provide training and capacity building opportunities for First Nations Lands Managers.

Regional Land Associations

NALMA membership is made up of the 8 Regional Lands Associations and other eligible persons or associations as admitted by the resolution of the Board. Regional Lands Associations are independent regional or territorial associations established by Lands Managers and recognized by NALMA. Directors for each RLA make up the corporate body of NALMA.