Archive for April, 2017

VIDEO: Why have a survey done on First Nations land?

Have a look!  Here is a great video on the many reasons for surveys on First Nations land, by Canada Land Surveyors.

Please take a moment to watch this informative video by clicking here!

Celebrating 21 Years of Land Governance Authority with 21 new signatory First Nations to the Framework Agreement!

View the full press release for more details.

Consultez le communiqué de presse pour de plus amples renseignements.

On behalf of the Lands Advisory Board, and the Framework Agreement Signatory First Nations, and with the full support of Canada, we are delighted to welcome the following 21 new signatory Nations to the Framework Agreement.  This brings the total number of Framework Agreement Signatory First Nations to 148.

This year the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement) celebrates 21 years of land governance authority, during which time it has helped communities across the country exercise their inherent rights over their reserve lands and resources.  Under the Framework Agreement and the First Nations Land Management Act, 33 sections of the Indian Act no longer apply to those communities who ratify their community land codes enabling these communities to move ahead in their goals of self-governance and self-sufficiency beyond the boundaries of the Indian Act.

The Lands Advisory Board and the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre, have worked diligently to provide support to the Framework Agreement signatories, and to ensure that all First Nations are offered the opportunity to pursue this initiative, if they so desire. We are thankful to Canada, and to Minister Bennet and her staff, for the cooperation, partnership and continued support of First Nations across Canada in their pursuit to become signatories to the Framework Agreement.

We look forward to working with each of them as they continue their journey towards self-determination.

Nova Scotia:  Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
Quebec: Listiguj Mi’gmaq
Ontario:  Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishnaabek, Chapleau Cree, Big Grassy, Hiawatha, Mattagami, Saugeen, Sheshegwaning
Saskatchewan:  Carry The Kettle, James Smith, Sakimay
Alberta: Enoch Cree, Fort McMurray
British Columbia:  Ditidaht, Iskut, Kwaw-kwaw-apilt, Lytton, Penelakut, Splatsin Indian Band, T’it’q’et


Brunswick House First Nation Employment Opportunity Lands and Resource Department

Brunswick House First Nation has an opening in their Lands and Resources department.

Employment Opportunity: Lands and Resource Department
Title: BHFN Guardian

Please click here for a full description of duties and job summary.

Position duration: Full Time (April 2017 to March 2018) – 32 hours per week/48 weeks

Closing Date: April 26th, 2017




Misipawistik Cree Nation becomes the 73rd Operational Signatory to the Framework Agreement!

April 9th, 2017 saw Misipawistik Cree Nation become the 73rd Operational Signatory to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.  Not only was the vote a tremendous success, with an overwhelming majority (94%) of participating voters choosing to ratify their community’s land code, but it was also the first time that E-voting was used in a land code vote in Manitoba.  The incredible show of support for the Misipawistik Cree Nation Land Code by the community’s membership is yet another prime indication of their will  to re-assume governance and jurisdiction over their reserve lands and resources.  With the many tools provided within their land code, and the hard work and dedication of its membership, Misipawistik Cree Nation is poised to create many positive changes to the great social and economic benefit of the Nations people.  Congratulations Misipawistik!

Shxw’ōwhámél First Nation job posting for Lands Assistant

Shxw’ōwhámél First Nation requires the services of a Lands Assistant to work under the supervision of the Band Administrator. The Lands Assistant will have the opportunity to expand their capacity in the field of Lands Management. The Lands Assistant will provide support on the development of the Lands Department. Responsibilities include but not limited to: Coordinating Meetings and Workshops, Minute Taking, maintaining database filing and web based research, Developing Land Policies.


Interested candidates please submit your resume, Cover Letter & Three (3) References to:
Attention: Jesse James, Band Administrator
Shxw’ōwhámél First Nation
58700A St Elmo Road
Hope, BC V0X 1L2
Fax: 604.869.9903

Lake Cowichan First Nation now the 72nd Operational Signatory Nation!

On March 31st, 2017, Lake Cowichan First Nation voters fully embraced their community land code by voting 100% in support of its ratification. The 72nd signatory nation to ratify a land code under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, Lake Cowichan First Nation now has the jurisdiction to protect and govern their reserve lands and resources.  Their land code reflects the unique needs and traditions of the Lake Cowichan community, and will provide environmental protection for their reserve lands and resources, as well as being crucial to cultural and economic self-sufficiency efforts for generations to come.  Congratulations Lake Cowichan!

Katzie First Nation Votes YES to their Community Land Code

Congratulations to Katzie First Nation!  On March 29, 2017, Katzie First Nation eligible voters ratified their community land code, and in doing so, opted out of 34 limiting, land-related sections of the Indian Act.  Their land code is a vital step towards cultural and economic self-sufficiency for the community, and the environmental protection and proper governance of their lands.  Katzie First Nation is the 71st First Nation to become operational under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management and now assumes land governance jurisdiction over their reserve lands and resources.