The BC First Nations Energy & Mining Council (FNEMC) is a provincial First Nations non-profit organization. FNEMC’s mandate is to support and facilitate First Nation efforts to manage and develop energy and mineral resources in ways that protect and sustain the environment forever while enhancing the social, cultural, economic and political well-being of First Nations in British Columbia. The mandate was established by the BC First Nations Leadership Council – the political executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs – and the Chiefs of British Columbia.
FNEMC operates under the authority of BC First Nations to advocate and facilitate the priorities outlined in the BC First Nations Energy Action Plan and the BC First Nations Mineral Exploration and Mining Action Plan.
First Nations in British Columbia, through the exercise of title and rights over the lands and resources in their traditional territories, will be full participants in the decision making, management processes, and economic benefits associated with the sustainable development of energy and mineral resources in British Columbia.
The First Nations Energy and Mining Council operates under the authority of First Nations to support and facilitate their efforts to manage and develop energy and mineral resources in ways that protect and sustain the environment forever while enhancing the social, cultural, economic and political well-being of First Nations in British Columbia.
- Improve social, political and economic relationships with the Crown, industry and other stakeholders based on respect, recognition, and accommodation of treaty and aboriginal rights and title.
- Improve the environmental sustainability of practices in the energy and mineral sectors.
- Enhance the economic self-sufficiency and social well-being of First Nations by expanding opportunities for increased participation in the energy and mineral resource sectors.
- Strengthen First Nations relationships with each other and with others who can support them in achieving their aspirations.
- Incorporate traditional knowledge in management and development processes.
- Increase First Nations participation in all aspects of the energy and mineral sectors.
- Increase the sense of urgency and range of approaches associated with mitigating the impacts of climate change.