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.