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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!
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!
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, 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
In an historic vote, the Abénakis de Wôlinak became the first Framework Agreement signatory community in Quebec to ratify their community Land Code, and regain authority over their reserve lands and resources. On March 2nd, 2017 Wôlinak voting members chose to opt out of 34 restricting lands sections of the Indian Act, in favour of their own lands laws. A first for Quebec, and now the 70th First Nation community in Canada to become operational under the Framework Agreement, Wôlinak is now at the helm of their community protection and sustainability projects. Congratulations on this tremendous achievement.
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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!