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Inaugural launch of “The Lands Advisor”, a quarterly newsletter aimed at reaching First Nations across Canada interested in the Framework Agreement!

Welcome to the inaugural edition/V1 of ” The Lands Advisor“, a quarterly newsletter aimed at reaching First Nations across Canada who are interested in the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. Look for what’s happening at the Resource Centre, news, community success stories, insights and more. There are a number of interactive links that provide more information on the web. Enjoy and thank you for all the great work you all have done to bring Framework Agreement lands management to where we are today!

Click here for the interactive newsletter.

Click here for the .PDF version


Invitation to Operational & Developmental First Nations to attend the 2017 Lands Advisory Board (LAB) Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This year the LAB AGM will be hosted by Chief Michel R. Bernard of Conseil des Abenakis de Wolinak at Hotel Musee Premieres Nations, Wendake, Quebec on September 26 & 27, 2017.

The AGM agenda (please click here for agenda) identifies the annual topics that the LAB Directors are required to complete,  in accordance with our responsibilities under the Framework Agreement.

Travel Assistance

The LAB Finance Committee has secured funds to assist in travel costs for one representative from  your  Nation.   While it may not cover the full trip,  reimbursement  will be up to $800 to offset travel  costs.   We will also provide meals  during the meeting  days (Breakfast  and Lunch for August 26 & 27th) . Please note that you will be responsible  to book  and pay for your hotel. Our registration  page will be updated  for hotels that are near the  venue.

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


For ease of registration, please follow this link as it will help us to finalize the number of attendees for meal planning and administration purposes.

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

Temagami First Nation votes YES!

June 24th. 2017: In an outstanding show of support, members of Temagami First Nation (TFN) in Ontario ratified their community Land Code.  TFN is the 74th community to become an Operational Signatory to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.  With over 87% of participating, registered voters supporting the TFN Land Code, members of the community can take great pride in regaining governance control over their reserve lands and resources.  With a number of plans already in the works to develop their own environmental and zoning practices, streamlining additions to reserve, developing a higher standard of custom land laws (vs existing government laws), and creating economic independence for the community, the TFN Land Code will initiate a range of opportunities, with lasting positive effects, on Temagami lands for generations to come.  Congratulations Temagami!

Final Report of KPMG Partial Benefit-Cost Study Findings of Framework Agreement community successes.


Following a set of studies that highlighted the success of communities operating under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement), a “Partial Benefit-Cost Study” was commissioned in 2016 by the Resource Centre (RC).

Using case studies, the study was aimed at quantifying the economic role and impact of the Framework Agreement on the communities operating under the Framework Agreement. The same study in turn documented the value and benefit of the Framework Agreement to the broader national economy.

The Partial Benefit-Cost Study results suggest that the Framework Agreement generates net positive benefits (i.e., “profits”) for Canada.

Under the best estimate scenarios for each case study, the Framework Agreement provides a positive net return to Canada of between $270 million and $1.4 billion (depending on the discount rate used), modelled under the anticipated lifetime of the projects considered under the Partial Benefit-Cost Study. The five successful projects alone may generate profits from $270 million to $1.4 billion over and above the entire Framework Agreement costs, plus the costs of building and running these five projects, over their assumed lifetimes.

Please follow this link for a copy of the Press Release.

Please follow this link for a copy of the full KPMG Partial Benefit Study Findings: Final Report.

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.

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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


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.

Wasauksing votes YES to their Community Land Code!

On February 25th, 2017, Ontario’s Wasauksing First Nation voted undeniably in favour of their community Land Code.  Under their Land Code, Wasauksing First Nation will be able to manage their own land, resources and environment per their community developed land code, laws and policies.  This is an incredible step forward for the community, as it becomes the 69th First Nation in Canada to regain lands governance authority under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.  Wasauksing can now move ahead at the speed of business,  protecting their lands and resources in keeping with the wishes of the community. Congratulations Wasausking!

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!

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