A Land Code Ratification vote will be called shortly to give the membership the option of managing our own Lands under the First Nation Lands Management Act rather than under the Indian Act. This regime will only deal with land within Pikwakanagan that has Reserve status. To access the information, you will have to sign in as a member to our secure web page.
Our land is managed by the Lands, Estates and Membership Department. We manage 1257 acres of land with over 400 Certificate of Possessions. We follow the rules and regulations under the Indian Act. We submit everything to Indigenous Affairs who verifies and controls what can be registered.
We purchased over 75 acres of land adjacent to the First Nation a few years back. We also were successful in acquiring the shore/road allowance along the lake. We will be starting the Additions to Reserve process to obtain Reserve status for these lands.
We were successful in negotiating a permit with Hydro One on the easement that crosses our community. Payments were backdated to 1952 when the easement was first taken.
Jan Leroux – Manager, Lands, Estates & Membership
Kassandra Sackaney – Administrative Assistant
Purchasing or transferring Land within Pikwakanagan
A legal survey is required to register a transfer of land. The costs will be the purchaser or seller’s responsibility. Anything dealing with transferring or leasing land must be processed through the Administration Office for it to be registered with Indigenous Affairs. If the land transaction is not registered, it will not be recognized nor will the buyer receive a Certificate of Possession for the land.
Adding Land to the Reserve
The manager searches on a regular basis for suitable land outside of Pikwakanagan that may be converted to “Reserve Land”. The Additions to Reserve Policy must be followed for the land to obtain “Reserve Status”. We are beginning the process to add the New Property to Reserve Land.
Easements and Permits
Negotiations are finalized with Bell Canada. They have been issued a permit from the First Nation to occupy our land for their underground lines and units. They pay a fee each year for the use of the land.
We have finalized our negotiations with HONI on back payments for the use of our lands as well as coming to an agreement for payment for future use. Indigenous Affairs are not in agreement with the permit and want changes. We are now in negotiations with Indigenous Affairs to have them register the permit. Without the permit being registered, HONI will not pay.