Nineteen First Nations from across Canada sign onto the Framework
Agreement on First Nation Land Management and begin development of
their own land codes
OTTAWA, March 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Today the Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, accompanied by
Chief Robert Louie of the First Nations Land Advisory Board and Chief
Austin Bear of the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre Inc.
welcomed 19 more First Nations into the First Nations Land Management
Regime. By signing the Framework Agreement, these First Nation
communities can now begin the process of opting out of 34 land-related
sections of the Indian Act and assume greater control over their reserve land and resources.
Economic Action Plan 2013 called for the expansion of the First Nations Land Management Regime to
create opportunities for more First Nations to promote greater economic
development on reserves. Following a December 2013 signing ceremony for
nine other First Nations, the adhesion of these 19 communities ensures that all 28 new entrants to the Regime announced in September 2013 can begin the process to develop their own
The FNLM regime enables First Nations to manage their own land,
resources and environment according to their own land codes, laws and
The regime also helps First Nations get out from under 34 land-related
limitations of the Indian Act in order to take control of their land and resources.
The 19 First Nation communities that signed onto the Framework Agreement
New Brunswick: Madawaska Maliseet
Quebec: Abénakis de Wôlinak
Ontario: Long Lake, M'Chigeeng, Magnetawan
Manitoba: Nisichawayasihk Nelson House, Norway House, Sagkeeng (Fort Alexander)
Saskatchewan: English River, Yellow Quill
British Columbia: ?akisq'nuk, Homalco, K'omoks, Lower Nicola, Malahat, Metlakatla, Nak'azdli, Tahltan, and Soowahlie.
Once these communities have developed their own land codes, they will
need to get them approved by their membership through communities
ratification votes in order to become operational under the FNLM
Regime. Once approved, these communities will join the 36 other First
Nation communities currently operating under their own land codes.
"The First Nations Land Management Regime is a proven and successful
tool of economic development and reconciliation. We will continue to
work with interested First Nations like those represented here today to
create jobs and economic opportunities, and also to achieve
reconciliation between Canada and First Nations, through initiatives
like the FNLM Regime."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"I am honoured to welcome the 19 signatory First Nations today. A very
prosperous future awaits them. Just recently, the international firm
KPMG completed a study on the benefits of the Framework Agreement for
all the participating First Nations. Investments on reserve now are
estimated at $270 million and thousands of on-reserve jobs are being
created for both members and non-members. Our First Nations are forging
new partnerships with businesses, investors, bankers as well as with
provincial and municipal governments. Land management activities are
being completed at the speed of business, which is significantly faster
than under the Indian Act. Business decisions are now governed by the First Nations themselves.
We are on the verge of a new era of prosperity for our communities, and
I am elated that 19 additional First Nations today will be able to
Chief Robert Louie
Chair, First Nations Land Advisory Board
"The Framework Agreement already has proven that it greatly improves the
quality of life for our signatory communities. The Framework Agreement
promotes self-sufficiency, Community pride, and protects our
traditional values. First Nation leaders now are able to govern lands
and resources to achieve the overall vision of their communities. The
result is a strengthening of Aboriginal culture and a renewed respect
for our role as stewards of the land. I am proud to see 19 new
signatories today begin the journey to greater autonomy. I thank Canada
and Minister Valcourt for their continued support. Chief Louie and I
will continue to work diligently in order for all First Nations to be
offered this opportunity to opt out of the Indian Act and resume jurisdiction over their reserve lands and resources."
Chief Austin Bear
First Nations Land Management Resource Centre Inc.
"The Magnetawan First Nation is very pleased to be joining the First
Nations Land Management Regime. The Magnetawan First Nation sees this
as an important first step in the direction of self-government by
providing self-determination to manage our lands more effectively and
efficiently than under Indian Act. This Regime provides greater opportunity to be more competitive on a
number of important economic development projects in our community."
Chief William Diabo, Magnetawan First Nation
"Taking control of land management is a vital step for the Akisqnuk
First Nation to assert control over our reserve lands. Development and
ratification of a land code will allow the First Nation and
Akisqnukniks that live on reserve to respond to opportunities on our
own terms and at the speed of business. These important steps will
further our progress toward self-government and allow us to get out
from under Aboriginal Affairs' and the Indian Act's control of Akisqnuk
First Nation Land.
It is hoped and expected that this radical change will enable prosperity
on the Akisqnuk First Nation that is unprecedented since the reserve
was created in 1886 -- almost 130 years ago."
Chief Lorne Shovar, Akisqnuk First Nation
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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