NRT was created in the Spring of 2006 as a response to the New Relationship vision. The New Relationship vision was jointly agreed to in the Spring of 2005 by the First Nations Summit, the BC Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and the Province of BC. That vision describes a “new government-to-government relationship based on respect, recognition and accommodation of Aboriginal title and rights.”
NRT takes a number of approaches to Nation Building support, as follows:
- We support initiatives at the community level (see below for current areas of priority)
- We work strategically with First Nation leaders throughout the Province
- We build cooperative partnerships with organizations that have similar goals and values
- We leverage funds for Nation building by coordinating with like organizations
- We communicate with and solicit feedback from our stakeholders to continue to ensure our initiatives and strategic direction is in line with the needs of First Nations in BC
Governance capacity includes the tools, training, and resources First Nations need to participate in land and resource management and planning processes, and to develop social, cultural and economic programs in their communities.
Priorities for funding are based on stakeholder feedback. NRT’s current five priority areas were identified in 2006, when NRT held a province-wide ‘regional engagement process’ consulting with First Nation communities across BC. In late 2007, NRT surveyed stakeholders to determine if priorities had shifted, and regional engagements were again held in 2009 to receive community input. Based on the comments and surveys that were completed in 2007 and 2009 the priorities remained the same.
A Fund of $100 million was set aside by the Province of BC in early 2006 to help First Nations realize the vision of a new relationship. That fund is managed by NRT. Of the initial $100 million, just over $20 million was earmarked for programs over the first three years, and an addition $16 million has been earmarked for the next three years (2016 -2019). The remaining dollars have been invested to allow the fund to continue to grow.
Funding eligibility depends on the specific initiative. Some funds are available to First Nation individuals (such as the Scholarship Initiative) while other funding is only available to communities. Some funding is granted directly to First Nation service organizations to support existing programs. Check the Funding area of this web site frequently for details about funding eligibility and application guidelines.
NRT has formed strategic partnerships with the following organizations:
- First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)
- National Centre for First Nations Governance (NCFNG)
- First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC)
- Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT)
- British Columbia Capacity Initiative Council (BCCIC)
- All Nations Trust Company (ANTCO)
- Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC)
- Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation (TACC)
- Tribal Resource Investment Corporation (TRICORP)
- First Nations Agricultural Lending Association (FNALA)
- Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations (CFDCCIFN)
- First Nations Public Service Secretariat
- National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development
No. In 2007/08, NRT supported a Land Referrals workshop that was offered by one of our partner organizations, the National Centre for First Nations Governance (NCFNG). However, we do not provide direct support to First Nations for referrals.
NRT is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors and operates independently of government. Board members are appointed to a two-year term. Appointments are made by the Province of BC, the First Nations Leadership Council, the First Nations Summit, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the BC Assembly of First Nations. Visit the Board page to read about the current Board Members.