Fort Nelson First Nation Land Code Development
Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) worked with community members, staff, legal counsel and the Lands Advisory Board Resource Center to develop our Land Code under the First Nation developed Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. This will enable FNFN to regain the governance of our reserve lands and resources, which are currently held by the federal government and managed under the Indian Act.
This web site is dedicated to providing our members with up-to-date information on our Land Code, the land law that will allow us to regain this control.
We need all of our members to take note of this important Land Code opportunity,
and TO VOTE to help make it a reality.
Please take the time to review the information on the site, and contact us with any questions.
Let's return the control and protection of our reserve lands, resources, and environment to our people, where it rightfully belongs.
Fort Nelson First Nation Land Code. It's our decision!
What is the
Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management?
This Agreement was developed by First Nations over 30 years ago, and negotiated and signed with Canada in 1996, to enable First Nations to replace all 44 lands management sections of the Indian Act with a First Nation's own land law - its Land Code.
First Nations choose to opt in as signatories to the Framework Agreement to give their communities the opportunity to regain governance over their Reserve lands.
Fort Nelson First Nation became a signatory in 2016.
There are currently 207 First Nations that are signatories to the Framework Agreement.
What is the
Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) Land Code?
Our Land Code will have no negative effects on our treaty rights or ability to continue to assert our rights to our traditional lands. In fact, the capacity built within our community during this process is seen as an asset to these negotiations.
The Fort Nelson First Nation Land Code sets out the rules, principles and administrative structures that will apply to FNFN reserve lands, as laid out in the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, to which we are a signatory.
The Land Code, if approved by our community, will enable our Nation to manage our reserve lands, environment and natural resources, that are current being managed by Canada.
THE BENEFITS! Our Land Code will:
Allow FNFN to protect our environment
Protect FNFN Reserve lands from expropriation
Protect against loss of land base by surrender or sale
Increase accountability to FNFN members
Recognize FNFN as a government with decision-making authority over our reserve lands
Include on and off-reserve members in important decisions
Transfer land revenues from Canada to FNFN
and so much more....
What is the
An Agreement negotiated between our First Nation and Canada to deal with such matters as:
Reserve lands to be managed
Specifics of the transfer of the administration of land from Canada to the First Nation
Transfer of revenue and capital monies
An interim environmental assessment process