Archive for July, 2016

Opaskwayak Cree Nation – A novel approach to First Nation environmental law development

On June 21st, 2016 Opaskwayak Cree Nation held a proclamation and signing ceremony for their first set
of Environmental Laws developed under their land code and the Framework Agreement on First Nation
Land Management.

OCN has been involved in the development and implementation of the Framework Agreement for the
past 20 years with various accomplishments and milestones; including development of their own Land
Code and Matrimonial/Real Property Law. Environmental Management Agreements (EMAs) Steps 1 and
2 were developed in 2009 and 2012 respectively and serve as the foundation for the current management
program that OCN has created.

OCN environmental laws represent a novel approach to First Nation environmental law development in
Canada through the union of traditional Cree principles and concepts with provincially and nationally
recognized technical environmental standards…

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Three more Communities Vote “YES”!!!

On June 10th and 11th, the Chawathil First Nation became the 60th Operational signatory community under the Framework Agreement, after voting to ratify its land code. It was a historic day for the community as Chawathil First Nation members voted with an overwhelming majority that they wished to resume their jurisdiction over their lands and resources, placing major decisions for their future solidly back into their own hands.

Just a few weeks later, during the final week of June, the communities of Cheam First Nation and Scowlitz First Nation also voted with clear majorities that they too wished to resume jurisdiction over their lands and resources, making them the 61st and 62nd Operational signatory communities under the Framework Agreement.

Congratulations to the members of each community as they resume governance over their lands and resources!