Land Use Planning Unit

Land Use Planning shapes our communities. It is a process about how decisions are made on where houses, parks and schools will be built and how infrastructure and other essential services will be provided.

First Nation communities develop Land Use Plans (LUPs) to ensure their identity, priorities and values are being met.


The Land Use Planning (LUP) Unit works to build capacity for LUP in First Nations communities across Canada.

This is accomplished through:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of community LUP through education and outreach
  • Training land managers and stakeholders
  • Developing Toolkit and resource material for support
  • Identifying funding support for LUP initiatives
  • Engaging communities in the process of LUP
  • Providing technical service to communities to support LUP development and implementation
  • Collaborating with regional Land Associations and other partners
  • Preserving key cultural elements unique to communities


The LUP Unit provides support services to First Nation Communities across Canada to aid in the process of Land Use Planning. These services may include:

  • Training workshops
  • Community site visits
  • Advisory services
  • Referrals
  • Providing information and tools
  • Identifying funding support


NALMA’s 2024-2025 LUP Funding Call-Out has closed.

Training Workshops

The Land Use Planning (LUP) Unit delivers training and workshop sessions across Canada. These workshops include LUP Toolkit Training, on-site or virtual community LUP Training, and more.

For more information about the Land Use Planning Toolkit, please click here 

A list of upcoming training sessions can be found on the events calendar at

If you would like to schedule on-site training for your First Nation community, please contact us at the address below.

Contact Us:

Alexander Marques, LUP Program Specialist
National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA)
Phone: 705-741-9641

Becky Wolfe, LUP Project Administrator
National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA)
Phone: 705-875-1024

Krista Knott, LUP Program Administrative Support
National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA)
Phone: 705-933-4579