Magnetawan Anishinabek Nation Achieves Major Milestone

Magnetawan Anishinabek Nation have completed the journey to establish NEW ESSO Gas Station/Store & Tim Horton’s


Magnetawan Anishinabek Nation Chief & Council along with the participation of the citizens and staff, developed an Economic Development Plan. The first item in the plan was to take advantage of our location, adjacent to the very busy Hwy 69 corridor, situated along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay between Sudbury and Parry Sound. The plan identified a replacement of the gas station & store business, situated at the south west corner of Hwy 69/529.

That was the easy part. As most communities situated along a busy corridor in Ontario, the idea of owning a Tim Horton’s restaurant and a major fuel supplier (ESSO) has been discussed for years, but, to actually pull it off and to achieve this on Anishinabek Nation land, well that was certainly an effort that brings pride and satisfaction to the Anishinabek Nation and the surrounding local municipalities…



Mistawasis First Nation votes “YES” to their Land Code!

On January 16, 2017, over 90% of  Mistawasis voters cast their ballot in favour of adopting their community Land Code.  Not only is this a tremendous accomplishment for Mistawasis First Nation, but it is equally exciting for the Saskatoon Tribal Council whose member communities are now all Operational under the Framework Agreement.  With their inherent right to govern their lands and resources now appropriately back in the hands of the community, Mistawasis’ future holds limitless opportunity.  Congratulations Mistawasis!

Meko Nicholas named Executive Director of the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre.

The Lands Advisory Board and Resource Center board of directors are pleased to announce that Meko Nicholas has been named Executive Director of the Resource Centre.

Meko will be responsible for managing the day to day operations of Resource Centre as well as managing the technical partnership with Canada to continue to successfully implement the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.   In addition to reporting to the Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre Board of directors, he’ll serve as the main public contact, spokesperson and representative for the Resource Centre in all professional capacities.

Meko has been married for 19 years and is a proud father of four children. He is Welastekokewin (Maliseet) from the Nekwotkok (Tobique) First Nation in New Brunswick and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick.

Meko has been working to support the development, finalization and fulfillment of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management for more than 20 years.  He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position and we look forward the next chapter in supporting First Nations to regain governance control over their reserve lands and resources.”

Long Lake #58 First Nation votes OVERWHELMINGLY to approve their Community Land Code!

With great excitement, we are proud to announce that Long Lake #58 First Nation voted overwhelmingly to adopt their Community Land Code.  Yesterday, November 24th, 2016, almost 400 registered voters cast ballots 96% in favour of re-assuming jurisdiction over their lands and resources.  As such, Long Lake #58 First Nation has become the 67th Framework Agreement Signatory Community to ratify their Land Code.  The LABRC congratulates you on all of your hard work and in regaining control of your community’s Land Governance under the Framework Agreement!


First Nation Lands Management Resource Centre

Position Vacancy – two positions (Saskatoon area and Chilliwack area)

 The Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management is a significant expression of Indigenous ingenuity and modern efforts to shed the colonial legacy of the Indian Act. Our team at the First Nations Lands Advisory Board Resource Centre is cutting edge, dedicated and experienced in assisting First Nations to develop workable solutions to the everyday challenges of community led lands and resources governance. We are currently searching for motivated and qualified candidates for the following position.



The Environment / Enforcement Specialist is the First Nation Lands Management Resource Centre’s (RC) “in-house” environment / enforcement expert. The incumbent’s responsibilities rest in four main areas:

  1. Developing enforcement related template/model policies, regulations and procedures for Framework Agreement Operational communities.
  2. Assisting and Advising Framework Agreement Operational and Developmental communities on Enforcement matters, including agreements with other jurisdictions and liaising with organizations such as law enforcement entities and other relevant municipal, provincial and federal representatives.
  3. Building capacity, directly with operational First Nations as well as developing and advising the LAB’s Resource Centre (LABRC) education strategy.
  4. Advising the RC on Enforcement related matters

The candidate will be comfortable conducting detailed research, developing enforcement studies and management strategies for the implementation of enforcement regimes relevant to land codes enacted under the Framework Agreement.


Nak’azdli Whut’en votes “YES” in Community Land Code!

In an outstanding show of community support, Nak’azdli Whut’en Nation voted in favor of their community Land Code. On October 2nd, 2016, the official numbers showed that participating voters ratified the Land Code with over 91% approval! As the 66th First Nation to ratify their community’s Land Code, under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, the people of Nak’azdli Whut’en have taken the reigns to recover control of their lands, resources and future. Congratulations Nak’azdli Whut’en!

A “YES” vote for Metlakatla First Nation!

October 13, 14, and 15, 2016, Metlakatla First Nation Members voted “YES”, making Metlakatla the 65th Nation to ratify a community Land Code under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.  With the vote results indisputably reflecting the community’s will to reassume control over their lands and resources, Metlakatla is now poised begin a new era of Land Governance. Congratulations Metlakatla First Nation!



The Lands Advisory Board (LAB) and the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre (Resource Centre) are seeking highly qualified and self-motivated individuals to provide advisory and technical support services to First Nation communities and the Resource Centre.

As part of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement), the LAB and the Resource Centre provide political and technical support to developmental and operational First Nations.  The developmental process under the Framework Agreement consists of a series of activities including the drafting of community land codes, implementing communication strategies and community voting procedures, as well as finalizing Individual Agreements with Canada. Once a First Nation ratifies its Land Code and becomes operational, the LAB and Resource Centre provide various support services such as assisting/advising with drafting land laws, rules, procedures, agreements, instruments, as well as implementing land governance systems and facilitating agreements and other arrangements with municipal, provincial, federal or First Nation governments.

Please click on the links below for further information on the current positions to be filled:

Technician First Nation Support Services East

Technician First Nation Support Services Prairies

K’omoks First Nation Votes “YES”!

On September 12th, 2016, the K’omoks First Nation voted to ratify its land code with an overwhelming approval rate of 92%!  This is the 64th successful vote for an Operational signatory community ratifying its land code under the Framework Agreement.  The abundantly clear majority signifies the community’s will to resume governance jurisdiction over its lands and resources.  Decisions over lands and resources are now definitively back into the community’s hands.

Congratulations to the members of K’omoks First Nation!

2016 LAB Annual General Meeting & 2016 FA First Nations National Land Governance and Economic Development Conference

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The 2016 Framework Agreement First Nations National Land Governance and Economic Development Conference is being held on October 11-13, at the Dakota Dunes Casino & Resort

The 2016 LAB Annual General Meeting is being held, following the conference, on October 14, at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel

2016 Framework Agreement Land Governance and Economic Development Conference

Conference Website

The Conference website is:

Conference Registration

The registration site for the conference is:

The registration fee is per person, and is listed on the registration site. This fee will be used to offset the cost of the food/coffee/etc.  [The LAB will reimburse a Framework Agreement First Nation the fee paid for one official delegate.]


Accommodations are being held at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel in Saskatoon, SK. Contact information can be found on the Conference website under “Registration”:


Please note that we are arranging shuttle buses between the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel and the Whitecap Dakota Dunes Conference Centre.

2016 LAB Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting [AGM] is open only to the Framework Agreement First Nations (Official Representatives). There is no registration fee required for the AGM. Please have your official representative to the AGM register at the same website so we know to expect them and can prepare appropriately to host them. The website again is:

The LAB Finance Committee has secured funds to assist in travel costs for one representative from your community. Reimbursement is up to 50% of eligible travel costs (economy airfare & car rental/taxi, etc) or $800.00; whichever is less.  We will also be covering one representative’s accommodations at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel, for up to 4 nights, and will be providing meals during meeting times.


Accommodations are being held at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel in Saskatoon, SK. Contact information can be found on the Conference website under “Registration”:

Travel Assistance

We would like to offer our travel agent’s assistance with your travel plans. Please contact Wendy Snow at Capri Travel, 1-800-964-6872 or 1-250-860-3593 or The LAB will pay the Capri Travel booking fee of $55.00 on your behalf.

If you require additional information, please contact any of the following people:


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