The First Nations Energy and Mining Council (FNEMC) supports and facilitates First Nations efforts to manage and develop energy and mineral resources in ways that protect and sustain the environment for generations while enhancing the social, cultural, economic and political well-being of First Nations in British Columbia.
The First Nations Energy and Mining Council’s work is guided by the Mining and Mineral Exploration and the B.C. First Nations Energy Action Plans.
First Nations Individuals in British Columbia, through the exercise of title and rights over the land and resources in their traditional territories, will play an integral part in the decision making and business management process while reaping the 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 B.C. First Nations to support and facilitate their efforts to manage and develop energy and mineral resources in ways that protect and sustain the environment eternally while enhancing the social, cultural, economic and political well-being of the communities at stake.
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 titles.
Improve environmental and sustainability practices and standards 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 within their communities, as well as with outside stakeholders, In order to support them in achieving their aspirations.
Incorporate traditional knowledge in assessment, 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.
B.C. First Nations Energy Action Plan
In 2008, First Nations gathered in Prince George to assess available information and strategize about processes, actions and priorities related to mining activity in British Columbia. The BC First Nations Mineral Exploration and Mining Action Plan captures this discussion and is an important basis for ongoing collaboration and engagement with key mining sector partners, including the Crown.
Mining and Mineral Exploration Plan
In 2007, over 200 British Columbia First Nation Chiefs and representatives came together for a First Nations Energy Summit at the Chief Joe Mathias Centre in Squamish traditional territory. Over two days the delegates shared information, discussed the future of energy in British Columbia, and developed the BC First Nations Energy Action Plan – a collective First Nations vision for a sustainable path forward.
The principles, goals and actions of the Plan were subsequently supported through resolution by the BC Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.