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November 29, 2022
OTTAWA – The First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB) today launched a practical and implementable framework to advance Indigenous economic reconciliation across Canada. Introduced at a launch event with partners and stakeholders in Ottawa, the RoadMap Project offers realistic and meaningful options to support First Nations governments in moving past the failed one-size-fits-all approach of the failed colonial system.
RoadMap empowers First Nations to achieve economic prosperity, self-reliance and the capacity for effective self-government. It also supports the implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), through Indigenous-led initiatives, as well as the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Canadian Constitution.
“RoadMap is about moving from a system where the federal government manages poverty to a framework for First Nations generating wealth,” says Harold Calla, executive chair of the FMB. “There is an urgent need to unlock the Indigenous economy, which has the potential to grow to $100 billion in the coming years. RoadMap proposes options for realizing this potential by sharing wealth and power. Fundamentally, it’s about First Nations having control over our economic futures. Making that happen is in the interest of not only First Nations, but all Canadians.”
RoadMap is presented in eight chapters totalling more than 400 pages of concrete proposals for change. This pathway is designed to empower:
“RoadMap reflects what we’ve been hearing from the First Nations we serve,” says FMB CEO Geordie Hungerford. “It reflects the ideas and experiences of our First Nations partners, and other Indigenous organizations, related to economic reconciliation and self-governance.”
The RoadMap framework proposes amendments to the First Nations Fiscal Management Act that will create new institutions including the First Nations Infrastructure Institute, designed to ensure more sustainable Indigenous infrastructure systems; and the Indigenous Development Bank, to address the unique capital needs of First Nations economic development.
The First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) institutions are the driving force behind the RoadMap project. FMA institutions have a proven track record of supporting First Nations as they grow their economies and enhance their financial and administrative governance.
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