Nineteen First Nations from across Canada sign onto the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management and begin development of their own land codes

March 3, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. 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 land codes.

Quick facts

The FNLM regime enables First Nations to manage their own land, resources and environment according to their own land codes, laws and policies.

The regime also helps First Nations get out from under 34 land-r ...

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