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Sts’ailes First Nation VOTES YES! Now the 81st Operational Signatory under the Framework Agreement.

On July 25th, 2018 Sts’ailes First Nation became the 81st community to historically regain lands governance over their reserve lands and resources.  In an impressive show of community support, members of Sts’ailes passed their land code with a 94% approval.  Sts’ailes First Nation is an independent band located in the upper Fraser Valley region of Agassiz, British Columbia.  The Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre congratulate Sts’ailes leadership, staff, and community members on the exciting ratification of the Sts’ailes Land Code!

Eastern Region – First Nation Lands Registry Workshop (November 14, 15 and 16, 2017)

The First Nations Land Management Resource Centre (Resource Centre) organized an information workshop, November 14-16, 2017, on various topics of interest and provide training on the FNLRS system in an environment where participants can network with Resource Centre staff, advisors, presenters, Federal and Provincial counterparts, and other First Nations.

The Resource Centre, and guest presenters, provided information on the First Nation Land Registration, Matrimonial Real Property laws, updates on the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management amendments, Enforcement and Court Systems, on-going collaborative work with the province and Canada, Taxes on fee simple lands, fisheries, utility permits, and Species at Risk.

To download the presentations and reference material from the session, please click on the links below:

English Version – Part 1 of 2

English Version – Part 2 of 2

(Translated copies to follow)

A 1st in New Brunswick! Madawaska Maliseet First Nation now the 78th Framework Agreement signatory to vote YES!

On November 2, 2017, Madawaska Maliseet First Nation (MMFN) became the first Framework Agreement signatory in New Brunswick to ratify a community Land Code!  With a number of environmental and economic development projects currently being considered by the community, the MMFN Land Code vote is very timely.  The vote transfers the governance authority, over MMFN lands and resources, from INAC and  back to the community where it belongs.  This regained jurisdiction will provide for greater environmental, economic, and social protections and sustainability for the community and its lands.  MMFN reserve lands encompass an area of 312 hectares.  The MMFN membership consists of 546 members.  Impressively,  83% of participating voting members voted to approve the MMFN Land Code and 54% of all eligible voters cast their ballots!  Congratulations to Madawaska Maliseet on becoming the 78th Framework Agreement Signatory Nation to regain control of their lands and resources, and on becoming the second operational Framework Agreement  signatory First Nation in the Atlantic Region!

Miawpukek First Nation Votes YES, becoming the 77th community to ratify a land code!

September 29th, 2017 saw the exciting ratification of Miawpukek First Nation’s Land Code.  A first for the Atlantic region, and in the province of Newfoundland, this important vote signals that Miawpukek Mi’kamawey Mawi’omi members are ready to exercise their inherent rights and jurisdiction over their lands and resources.  Miawpukek will blaze new trails in self-governance towards a more sustainable future for their 3031 members, and over 1660 hectares of land.  Congratulations Miawpukek on becoming the 77th Framework Agreement Signatory Nation to rid their lands of 25% of the Indian Act!

2017 Lands Advisory Board Election Results

Details of the 2017 LAB Directors Elections:

Please visit the Lands Advisory Board website at: 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:   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:


Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation votes YES

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!

Long Plain First Nation Votes YES!

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, 4454-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!

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!

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