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Opaskwayak Cree Nation – A novel approach to First Nation environmental law development

On June 21st, 2016 Opaskwayak Cree Nation held a proclamation and signing ceremony for their first set
of Environmental Laws developed under their land code and the Framework Agreement on First Nation
Land Management.

OCN has been involved in the development and implementation of the Framework Agreement for the
past 20 years with various accomplishments and milestones; including development of their own Land
Code and Matrimonial/Real Property Law. Environmental Management Agreements (EMAs) Steps 1 and
2 were developed in 2009 and 2012 respectively and serve as the foundation for the current management
program that OCN has created.

OCN environmental laws represent a novel approach to First Nation environmental law development in
Canada through the union of traditional Cree principles and concepts with provincially and nationally
recognized technical environmental standards…

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