The First Nations Land Management Act allows First Nations to get out from over 30 sections of the Indian Act. As the Land Code Coordinator it's my responsibility to contact as many FNFN members as possible and provide information on this initiative.
As history has shown the Indian Act has been used as a repressive tool to get us off our traditional lands and onto small parcels of reserves. It's been used to attempt "to kill the Indian in the child" through the residential schools. It has attempted to take our languages and cultures away. It's been a tool used to take who can be a member and who can't. I can go on and on but we all know the history. The Indian Act controls all aspects of reserve lands and as one of the attachments shows, is a strangehold on economic development.
The vision of the FNFN is: "A Nation, A People: strong, healthy, proud, and self-reliant". The Indian Act is an obstacle to achieving that goal as the FNFN currently has to go to the Minister of Indian Affairs for anything concerning reserve lands.
One aspect of this initiative is that the FNFN has to create its own Land Code. This defines how the FNFN will manage its reserve lands and reserve resources. The FNFN Land Code is currently being drafted by a team of 8 people, made up of FNFN departments and FNFN members.
The Land Code and the Individual Agreement (with the government of Canada) will be presented for a formal ratification vote that is currently planned for March 27, 28, 29, 2018. All the information will be provided in advance for the electors.
For those members that are in the Fort Nelson area, there is a Community working session today at 5 pm at Chalo MPA. We look forward to your participation.
Please contact me if you would like more information.
If you would like to sit down and talk, just phone or email.
Land Code Coordinator
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