Tools, templates and learning resources to support any step of your infrastructure journey.


Introduction to FNII
Describes the institute’s mission, approach and processes.

Briefing Note
Outlines the plans to establish the First Nations Infrastructure Institute as a fourth institution under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act. Describes proposed functions for the Institute and tools and services planned to support infrastructure development.

Frequently Asked Questions
Answers common questions about the institute, such as whether it is offering services now – before being formally established through legislation (short answer: yes!); what benefits it offers, etc

18 Lessons Learned through FNII’s development phase
Describes key learnings from the Institute’s engagements (from 2017 through 2021) with hundreds of leaders, managers and staff members responsible for First Nations infrastructure development to identify First Nations’ infrastructure needs.


First Nations Infrastructure Institute statement in support of host Nation Tk’emlups te Secwepemc – May 31, 2021


  • Business Case Template – Outlines the elements needed to create a business, economic, commercial, financial, and management case for an infrastructure project.
  • Project Charter Drafting Tool – Outlines the elements needed to create a project charter – a short document that describes a project in its entirety. Topics include objectives, key parties, governance, roles and responsibilities, ethical framework, communications.
  • An Introduction to Procurement Models – Describes the advantages and disadvantages of different options for procurement – the process of securing professional support outside of an organization’s staff members.
  • Cost Sharing Explainer Tool – Describes an approach to a fair and equitable recovery of costs associated with an Indigenous infrastructure project. This includes identifying users (or beneficiaries) for both the construction and lifecycle costs of a project.



The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the infrastructure gap in many Indigenous communities. Opportunities exist to participate in a COVID-19 economic recovery strategy with shovel-ready projects. In 2021 FNII offered a series of five webinars to support Indigenous communities with infrastructure planning, development and maintenance. In this series FNII Development Board members, technical team and guests covered a variety of project types such as water and wastewater treatment, multipurpose buildings, and economic development and lease land construction.

View our 2021 Shovel-Ready Webinar series


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