Our History

Here is a brief recap of the stages that led to the establishment of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission.

It is in 1996 that the discussions resurfaced following a presentation by the DIAND on a pilot project to network ten (10) communities, and that a will truly emerged from the grass roots for the establishment of an organization dedicated to the support of officers and representatives involved in the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador economic Development.

Consequently, this is how official delegates of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, along with representatives of economic development organizations and ministries and many observers, founded on December 9, 1999, an entity regrouping community-based economic development organizations (CEDO) and economic development representatives.

In the year 2000, upon implementation of the FNQLEDC, the Chiefs’ Assembly, who ratified its creation indicated in a resolution that: The Commission is accountable to the Chiefs in Assembly and will be in close contact with the AFNQL.

The initial vision of the economic development officers was broadened by this resolution with the addition of a regional development component, maintaining however, the objective to meet the needs of the CEDAs. With this expansion, it is understood that the FNQLEDC must serve the cause of the First Nations regional economic development through a strategic involvement and updating of knowledge. Thus, the aim is to maintain an inclusive view on any situation susceptible to influence the work of the officers and representatives on the field and by the same token, of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

In the same way as the organizations overseen by the AFNQL, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission is an organization which takes into account the fundamental principle of accountability on the maximum use of human, material and financial resources for the benefit of the overall member communities, while being respectful of every community’s local authority