The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI) was created in 2000 by the Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL). Its mission is to offer First Nations a dynamic service hub, supporting their actions towards maintaining healthy territories and resources, developing sustainable communities and promoting the recognition of their rights.
Main lines of action
The FNQLSDI offers diverse services to the 43 First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. These services respect the priorities, needs and vision identified by the communities themselves.
More specifically, the FNQLSDI…
- Supports First Nations in the implementation of projects that contribute to the sustainable development of their communities and territories.
- Acts as technical advisor to the AFNQL for issues related to sustainable development.
- Promotes respect for First Nations values, and the recognition of their rights and issues, by making recommendations to governments and other organizations that may have an impact, through their actions, on the interests of First Nations.
- Develops strategies and innovative tools that contribute to increased expertise and informed decision-making by First Nations.
- Facilitates partnerships and dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.
- Provides strategic watch and technical analysis services to First Nations for issues related to sustainable development, engages First Nations and provides them with quality information.
- Organizes workshops, training sessions, forums and awareness-raising activities on issues of interest for First Nations.
- Offers consultant services for the development of specific community projects.
A working group set up by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute developed the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Consultations Protocol. The document is a tool to help communities structure themselves in order to deal with the numerous consultation requests from various departments and individuals on their own ground. It also agrees with the First Nations’ will to establish consultations criteria and enforce the rights recognised by several Canada Supreme Court’s decisions with regard to the obligation to consult First Nations and provide the means so consultations be held properly and be coherent with the scope of the issue at the heart of the consultation.
In order to express its position regarding research carried out among First Nations, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) undertook the development of a research protocol so as to offer their communities a reference guide that would enable them to better monitor the various activities and numerous demands related to the research carried out in their territories.
As subject of numerous research projects throughout the years, First Nations of Quebec and Labrador were put under the microscope of a wide variety of academic disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, biology, sociology, history, linguistics, medicine, and other fields of studies that produce an impressive quantity of data, research results and specialized books on several problematic. The research protocol thus sets forth principles and a process that will enable the scientific community and First Nation communities to work together in a respectful partnership.