The First Nation has been developing a Land Code since 2013. This is separate from the “Land Claim” process. The Land Code gives the opportunity to get out of the Indian Act with regards to how we manage our lands on the First Nation. It will outlines what authorities will be responsible for: developing lands laws, environmental protection and an updated internal lands registry system.
Benefits will include: the land will always remain First Nation land, quicker land registry transfers and the right to legislate in which our new laws can become enforceable. Increased opportunity for economic development and the increase ability to add lands to the First Nation within our territory. Please see below for more benefits.
Land Code Ratification
The Land Code is required to go to ratification. This means a community vote by all members and that a majority vote is required. For example out of approximately 1800 eligible voters we require approximately 550 yes votes to accept this Land Code.
This is an important opportunity to have control of First Nation land decisions. We are looking for complete participation by the membership to have this important law ratified. Please contact us if you had any questions about the development process or to receive a copy of the Land Code, the First Nations Lands Management Act or the Individual Agreement.
Below is a list of some of the benefits of the Land Code.
- First real recognition of First Nation right to manage our own lands and resources
- Removal of Pikwakanagan lands from the Indian Act
- Community control over First Nation land management and development
- More efficient management of First Nation land
- Recognition of First Nation legal capacity to acquire and hold property, to borrow, to contract, to expend and invest money, to be a party to legal proceedings, to exercise its powers and to perform its duties
- Transfer by Canada of previous land revenues to First Nation
- Recognition of the right to receive revenue from interests in First Nation land
- Protection against arbitrary expropriation of First Nation land
- Protection against loss of First Nation land through surrender for sale
- Recognition of significant law-making powers respecting First Nation land
- Removal of the need to obtain Ministerial approval for First Nation laws
- Recognition in Canadian courts of First Nation laws
- Recognition of right to create modern offences for breach of First Nation laws
- Ability to appoint Justices of the Peace
- Ability to create a local dispute resolution processes
- Establishment of a legal registry system