The National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) strives to take the leading role on First Nation land and environment management.

NALMA works actively toward enhancing technical and professional development through training and education while embracing Aboriginal culture, traditions, and values.

NALMA Education and Training Policy

This policy applies to the delivery of the Professional Lands Management Certification Program and specialized training delivered by NALMA.  It can be used as a reference guide when completing travel claim forms and for clarifying expenses and eligibility to attend training.  The policy supports consistency in decision-making across NALMA units to ensure that training events and issues that arise are addressed as uniformly as possible.  This policy is subject to change and is continuously updated by NALMA Board and Staff.

You can download the policy here: NALMA Educational Policy V. 17

For a French version of the policy click here: Politique éducative ANGTA V16 French Version

(A French V.17 of NALMA’s Educational Policy will added soon)

NALMA is pleased to offer the following Units:


NALMA’s Environment Unit launched in 2019 in response to the growing need for support, tools, and resources in managing the environment on reserve lands and traditional territories.  The Environment Unit will coordinate the delivery of NALMA’s Environmental Management Planning Toolkit and will focus on developing new tools and training to add to the Environment Unit’s training roster.  Research and development of new training and resources is currently underway.

The Unit is building partnerships with NALMA’s regional associations, government and other organizations across Canada to develop the unit and its activities.  NALMA’s Environment Coordinator also responds to inquiries and referrals related to environmental management.

You can find more information about our Environment Unit here 


The NALMA Land Use Planning (LUP) Unit was developed to address the need for LUP support among First Nation communities in Canada.

This unit conducts outreach activities, provides direct technical training, support services and capacity building opportunities to assist First Nations in the development of Land Use Planning.

In addition, the LUP Unit collaborates with the NALMA Survey Unit to administer contracts for survey projects identified from the land use planning process.

You can find more information about our Land Use Planning Unit here 


Professional Lands Management Certification Program 

In order to implement the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP), NALMA in collaboration with INAC and subject matter experts developed the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP).

NALMA is pleased to offer the PLMCP, which meets the existing, emerging and future needs of First Nation Lands Managers, through two levels of learning.

Level I :
Post Secondary – University of Saskatchewan
Post Secondary – Algoma University
Post Secondary – Vancouver Island University
Post Secondary – Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 

Level II :
Technical Training – National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association

You can find more information about our Professional Development Unit here

Specialized Training:  Land Management is the process and structure by which Chief and Councillors, as well as Lands staff, direct and manage lands, resources and environment on reserves.

NALMA is pleased to offer Specialized Toolkit Training Sessions on various important topics.  You can find a full list of our Specialized Training topics here 



In order to better support the survey requirements of First Nations, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) redefined part of their survey program as a Grants and Contributions program. Since the 2012-2013 fiscal year, NALMA has assumed the responsibility of managing the portion of the Survey Program funded under Grants and Contributions on behalf of ISC to regions across the country.

NALMA’s survey program provides direct assistance and funding to First Nations to support Nations in completing survey requirements on their reserve lands.  Each year, the survey unit coordinates many survey projects and contracts out survey work on behalf of First Nations across Canada.

The survey unit makes many critical contacts with the land managers, surveyors, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) and ISC staff that will serve to help the survey program and our members in the years to come.

You can find more information about our Survey Unit here