Voting on Our Long Lake #58 First Nation Land Code
In NOVEMBER 2016, Long Lake #58 members will vote on their Land Code. A “YES” vote means that Long Lake #58 First Nation will manage its own reserve land under its own Land Code. A “NO” vote means that Long Lake #58 First Nation land will continue to be managed by the Department of Indigenious and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) under the Indian Act.
There are 4 ways to vote on our Land Code:
- In-person at the polls
- Tuesday, November 22 in Thunder Bay 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, November 23 in Long Lake #58 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Thursday, November 24 in Long Lake #58 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
- Mail-in ballot by 9 pm on November 24
- Telephone voting by calling 1-888-997-6533 by 9 pm on November 24
- Online voting at vtnw.com/go/LongLake58Reg/ by 9 pm on November 24
All ballots must be in by Thursday, November 24 at 9:00 pm
To vote by telephone and online, you must know your status card number, birth date and your unique VIN that was sent to you. Click for the Instructions to Vote.
If you do not know your VIN or if you did not get your green Land Code voting package in the mail, please contact:
- Darwin Legarde, LL58 Ratification Officer firstname.lastname@example.org phone (807) 876-4482 or (807) 853-1566
- Lacey Garrett, Land Management Coordinator email@example.com phone (807) 876-2292 ext. 242, (800) 463-8079 ext. 242 or (807) 632-6954
- fill out the contact form on our homepage
Our Long Lake #58 First Nation Land Code
The Land Code has been developed by the community members of Long Lake #58 First Nation. Our has worked hard to ensure that the Land Code will suit the needs of our community. It has had legal review and is now in its final stage for community approval. The main purpose of the Land Code is to give us decision-making power over our reserve land. It sets the foundation for community involvement and future Land Laws.
The Land Code allows Chief and Council to 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 is 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. 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. If we have our own Land Code, Long Lake #58 can manage its own Land.
Not only is 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. Please watch some videos from other First Nations who have adopted their own Land Code here.
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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