Our Long Lake #58 First Nation Land Code
Our Land Code was developed by the Land Code Committee of Long Lake #58 First Nation and was successfully ratified by the membership on November 24, 2017 with a 86% majority with 368 yes votes and only 14 no votes. Our community gave a clear message that authority over land management be returned to Long Lake #58 First Nation. Read the press release here.
Our Land Code has given the Chief and Council and the members of Long Lake #58 more decision-making power over the reserve land. Chief and Council can now make land laws for zoning, by-laws, land management, revenue responsibility, amendments, who can make laws, how new laws can be enacted and published, conflict of interest rules, community approvals, and dispute resolution processes.
Also included in our Land Code are procedures on how Chief and Council will maintain communication with the community members before, during and after a land law is enacted.
Our Individual Agreement
The Individual Agreement outlines our land base and how money will be transfered from Indigenious Affairs and Northern Development Canada (INAC) to Long Lake #58 First Nation for the us and benefit of us.
The Land Code applies to Land only within the reserve boundary. Any land added to the reserve and given reserve status will also be protected under our Land Code. Traditional land will continue to be used and managed by Long Lake #58 members that same way that it is now. Here is a map of our land base:
History of the Land Code
In 1996, fourteen Chiefs from across Canada banded together to create the Framework Agreement. After the Framework Agreement was voted on and passed by the federal government, the federal government created the First Nations Land Management Act to outline the roles and responsibilities of the federal government to the First Nation communities who decide to be part of the Land Management Regime.
Becoming a part of the Land Management Regime is 100% voluntary of First Nation communities. A community that has its own Land Code removes itself from 25% of the Indian Act and can begin to manage its own Land.
Not only was this an opportunity to protect the Land that we have now, but also for the Land that will be added to our reserve through the Additions to Reserve (ATR) and Land Claim process. So, Long Lake #58 applied to have the opportunity, we were accepted September 19, 2013 and then we signed onto the Land Management Regime in March 2014. Now after ratifying our Land Code, we are the 67th community to become a signatory to the Framework Agreement.
Background documents and more information:
- Framework Agreement (Full)
- First Nations Land Management Act (Full)
- Indian Act (Full)
- Long Lake #58 Land Code (Full)
- Long Lake #58 Individual Agreement (Full)
- Long Lake #58 Community Ratification Process Document (CRP)
- Long Lake #58 Land Code Press Release
- Land Code Newsletter
If you have questions or would like a paper copy of any of the above documents, please contact Lacey Garrett, Land Management Coordinator at (807) 876-2292 ext. 242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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