November 19, 2020 (West Kelowna, British Columbia)

West Kelowna, BC, November 19th, 2020/LAB/ – On behalf of the signatory First Nations to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement) the Lands Advisory Board (LAB), and Crown-Indigenous Relations (CIR) are proud to announce the expansion of the Framework Agreement’s membership to include 12 additional First Nations from four provinces. These First Nations are:

• Popkum First Nation (B.C.)
Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government (B.C.)
• Doig River First Nation (B.C.)
Esquimalt Nation (B.C.)
Klahoose First Nation (B.C.)
Snuneymuxw First Nation (B.C.)
Peerless Trout First Nation (AB)
Montreal Lake Cree Nation (SK)
Mitaanjigamiing First Nation (ON)
Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek (ON)
Michipicoten First Nation (ON)
• Northwest Angle #33 First Nation (ON)

Celebrated as the newest signatories to the historic Framework Agreement, these First Nations will begin the process of working with their membership to develop and approve a land code that will replace the 44 lands management sections of the Indian Act, with their own governance authority. The LAB and its technical arm the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre has worked closely with Indigenous Services and Crown Indigenous relations Canada to pave the way for additional First Nations to take part in this ground-breaking, decolonization initiative, supporting First Nations to exercise their inherent right of self-governance…

(For the complete press release, please follow this link)