Centre of Expertise on Impact and Benefits Agreements

The Centre of Expertise on Impacts and Benefits Agreements (CEIBA) provides materials, tools and resources to First Nations to develop their capacities and accompany them in the process of negotiating agreements related to the development of natural resources on their ancestral territories.

The sectors of intervention are mining, forestry and energy projects, as well as projects having impacts on natural resources, including construction and infrastructure projects.

CEIBA’s activities are divided into five areas:

  • Development of a toolkit;
  • Project analysis;
  • Preparation of communities for negotiations;
  • Participation in negotiations and conclusion of agreements;
  • Implementation of agreements and maintenance of relationships.


CEIBAs Toolbox
The FNQLSDI provides First Nations communities with tools to support them in their IBA process.

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Some of our achievements include:

  • The achievement of various specific mandates for communities, including but not limited to:
    • General training and workshops on best IBA negotiating practices;
    • Negotiation of Memorandums of Understanding (“MOUs”) and funding agreements for the negotiation of IBAs;
    • Revisions to IBAs;
    • Drafting of proposed provisions or chapters of IBAs;
    • Creation of an IBA implementation committee and assistance to a community in establishing specific projects related to their IBA.
  • An analysis of the overall benefits and costs of more than a dozen different tools (software or applications) for managing negotiation and consultation activities.