Resource Management Boards

Through the respective adverse affects settlement agreements (ex: Northern Flood Agreement, Grand Rapids Forebay and others), Resource Management Boards (RMBs) were established to co-manage the natural resources in defined areas (Resource Management Areas). Aboriginal and Northern Affairs serves as the provincial lead in the management and implementation of the RMBs established under these agreements.  Each of the nine existing RMBs are mandated to develop and implement land use plans and resource management plans.

The boards are responsible for approximately 35 million acres or 22 per cent of Manitoba’s Crown land base.

The ten existing RMBs include:

  1. Split Lake (involving Tataskweyak Cree Nation)
  2. Nelson House (involving Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation)
  3. York Factory (involving York Factory First Nation)
  4. Norway House (involving Norway House Cree Nation and Norway House Community Council)
  5. Cormorant (involving the Cormorant Community Council)
  6. Cedar Lake (involving Chemawawin First Nation and Easterville Community Council)
  7. Fox Lake (involving Fox Lake Cree Nation)
  8. Moose Lake (involving Mosakahiken Cree Nation and Moose Lake Community)
  9. Cross Lake (involving the Community of Cross Lake Community Council)
  10. OCN (involving Opaskwayak Cree Nation)

Each RMB is represented by approximately eight to 10 people, including members from the community (First Nation or Northern Affairs community) and from the Manitoba government. Each RMB meets a minimum of four times per year.

Each RMB is unique in terms of its focus and priorities which are based on the area, economy and geographic location. In 2015, the RMB priorities included:

  • land and resource use planning
  • water management
  • commercial and domestic harvesting activities
  • mineral development activities
  • forestry
  • wildlife management

The RMBs provide for effective communication with community members and other stakeholders through community meetings, annual reports, newsletters and developing working relationships with government agencies and other organizations.