Supporting First Nations
Develop More Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
The First Nations Infrastructure Institute (“FNII”) is a First Nations led initiative that will support improved First Nations infrastructure outcomes by providing the skills and processes necessary for First Nations to plan, procure, own and manage infrastructure assets.
The problems with the current First Nation infrastructure system are well known. Infrastructure takes too long to develop, costs too much to build, and does not last long enough. This reality contributes to poor social and economic outcomes. The First Nations Fiscal Management Act (“FMA”) provides two important innovations to improve the First Nation infrastructure system:
- Access to longer-term capital
- More fiscal powers to build more sustainable infrastructure, sooner
While these two innovations are providing significant benefits to First Nations, other innovations are required to ensure delivery of the required level of sustainable, high quality infrastructure within First Nations.
FNII will design and implement these required innovations to reduce the time and costs to develop infrastructure, build and maintain more sustainable infrastructure, and ultimately help support healthier communities and economies. FNII be the fourth institution established by the FMA, and will work with the other three institutions to support interested First Nations implement their jurisdiction over their infrastructure assets. FNII, like the other FMA institutions, will be optional. FNII will be a national institution that works with First Nations, Tribal Councils, existing First Nation organizations and other groups in a coordinated manner to provide support for First Nations to efficiently plan, procure, construct, operate, maintain and own sustainable infrastructure.