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Until English River First Nation (ERFN) gets out the Indian Act, ERFN will continue to makes decisions about lands and resources under the Indian Act.
The Indian Act was imposed on First Nations without their consent and with little concern for each community’s unique ways of doing things. The Indian Act treats First Nation governments like municipalities but one with few powers that are subject to the second guessing by the Minister.
The alternative to the Indian Act is the First Nations Land Management Act (“FNLMA”). The FNLMA is a First Nations led initiative for greater self-determination over lands and resources (this is not government driven). It provides the option for ERFN to take back control over lands and resources through a land code.
A land code is a law that ERFN wants for lands and resources. A land code is unique to ERFN’s ways of doing things and it is developed and ratified at ERFN’s own pace.
As more and more First Nations are opting into their own land codes, ERFN is seeking the community’s input on whether ERFN should do the same. In the coming months ERFN will host community meetings to provide more information and seek your feedback.
More information can be found by checking out https://labrc.com/.
• Chief Lawrence McIntyre
• Councillor Angie Campbell
• Cheyenna Campbell
• Shoshanna Paul
Contact: FNLM.firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 652-4989
Patuanak: Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, William Apesis Memorial Hall in Patuanak.
Join ERFN on National Aboriginal Day to talk about taking back control over ERFN lands and resources.
As part of the day’s events, ERFN has invited special guests:
• Chief Carl Austin Bear, Muskoday First Nation; and
• Leah Bitternose, Lands Advisory Board, Resource Centre
This is the first of many more community meetings to come on the First Nations Land Management process.