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Details of the 2017 LAB Directors Elections:
Please visit the Lands Advisory Board website at: www.landsadvisoryboard.ca for further information on LAB Board Members and News.
From Al Gross, LAB Electoral Officer
Dear Chiefs – Western Operating First Nations Voting closed on August 31, 2017 at midnight. In the Western Region (BC) for the 2017 election there were two open seats. The candidates nominated were:
- Leah George-Wilson – Tsleil-Waututh Nation
- Joe Hall – Tzeachten First Nation
- Barry Seymour – Lheidli Tenneh
The following candidates are hereby elected for the next ensuing 3 year term as Director: Leah George-Wilson and Joe Hall
Detailed election results can be viewed for your region here: https://onefeather.ca/nations/lab-national-board-of-directors-western-region/elections/vote2017 Their new term will begin at the close of the next Annual General Meeting and expire at the close of the 2020 Annual General Meeting.
Prairies – Austin Bear Re-elected by Acclamation
Dear Chiefs – Eastern Operating First Nations
Voting closed on August 31, 2017 at midnight. In the Eastern Region (Ontario and Quebec) for the 2017 election there were two open seats.
The candidates nominated were:
- Chief Gerry Duquette Jr. – Dokis First Nation
- Monica Homer – Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
- William McCue – Chippewas of Georgina Island
The following candidates are hereby elected for the next ensuing 3 year term as Director: Chief Gerry Duquette Jr. and William McCue.
Detailed election results can be viewed for your region here:https://onefeather.ca/nations/lab-national-board-of-directors-eastern-region/elections/vote2017
August 25, 2017: Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN), whose lands consist of 23, 708 hectares over 18 reserves, has become the 76th Framework Agreement signatory nation to ratify their community Land Code. The Manitoba community of 5214 members, took to the polls and voted 89% in favor of regaining governance control over their lands and resources. NCN can now move forward with beneficial projects for their membership, while protecting their vast land base, free from the encumbrances of the Indian Act. Congratulations NCN!
August 13th, 2017: Long Plain First Nation (Portage La Prairie, MB) has become the 75th Framework Agreement Signatory to ratify their community land code! With great excitement, and a 90% approval by voting members, Long Plain’s 4384 hectare, 4273-member Ojibway nation has regained governance control over their reserve lands and resources! This proud, forward thinking, and progressive community can now look towards the many benefits of this reacquired jurisdiction. Congratulations Long Plain!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The LAB will pay the Capri Travel booking fee of $55.00 on your behalf.
For ease of registration, please follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AGM_2017 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:
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!
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.
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.
||Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
||Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishnaabek, Chapleau Cree, Big Grassy, Hiawatha, Mattagami, Saugeen, Sheshegwaning
||Carry The Kettle, James Smith, Sakimay
||Enoch Cree, Fort McMurray
||Ditidaht, Iskut, Kwaw-kwaw-apilt, Lytton, Penelakut, Splatsin Indian Band, T’it’q’et
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!
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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.