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On April 29th & 30th, 2021, our members will vote on the Skwah First Nation Land Code.
The land code is a land law developed by our First Nation that, if approved by our voting members, will remove the power the federal government currently has to make decisions on our reserve lands and place it back in the hands of our people.
This website is dedicated to sharing important information about the Skwah First Nation Land Code and the details of its vote with our members.
Developing our own land code means being able to take control of the management of our lands back from the federal government.
A land code means incorporating our culture into the management of our lands and protecting it for this generation and the generations to come.
The development of our land code is a community-driven process. It is by OUR community for OUR community and we need your voice in order to make these important changes for our future!
A LAND CODE:
IS CREATED by a First Nation
REPLACES the land management sections of the Indian Act
REMOVES the Government of Canada from reserve land management
DOES NOT impact Indian Act Tax Exemption
DOES NOT impact reserve status of land
PROTECTS our lands from expropriation
A LAND CODE CAN:
PROTECT Cultural Heritage
PROTECT our land base
PROVIDE more funding opportunities
SUPPORT economic development
CREATE the opportunity for more business
ENFORCE land laws on reserve
First Nations across the country are involved in the process to develop a land code!
First Nations across Canada have implemented land codes!
First Nations in B.C. have implemented land codes!
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What is the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management?
The Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement) is a government-to- government agreement signed on February 12, 1996 by 13 First Nations and Canada. In the last 20 years there has been tremendous uptake by First Nations across the country. As of January 2020 there are 165 First Nation signatories to the Framework Agreement. Skwah First Nation is one of these signatories!
The Framework Agreement is a First Nation developed and driven initiative that enables First Nation communities to opt out of the land management sections of the Indian Act and take over responsibility for the management and control of their reserve lands and resources. The Framework Agreement sets out the principal components of this new land management process.
The Framework Agreement provides all its signatory First Nations with the option to manage their reserve lands under their own Land Codes. Until each of these First Nation communities develops and approves a Land Code to take control of its reserve lands and resources, federal administration of their reserve lands continues under the Indian Act.
The Framework Agreement is not a treaty and does not affect treaty rights or other constitutional rights of the First Nations.
Have questions about the Framework Agreement? Contact us!
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