Lemlum/hello, Ihask Seemu I am Robert Louie, Chairman of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board. It has been an honour and a pleasure to have been in this position since this board was first established.
The original vision of the Lands Advisory Board was to help First Nations to create a better future for our people. That continues to be our vision to this day: We are the rightful the governments and decision makers and no longer be wards of the crown.
The LAB has worked diligently with First Nations to assert and to put into practice our own jurisdiction, to reclaim our inherent rights to govern, and to rebuild our nations. This is our aspiration, these are our goals, this is our reality, to help First Nations lead the way on our own terms.
In the past 20 years we have succeeded in replacing a large part of the Indian Act with our own laws. We are now exercising our own jurisdiction and continually developing our own policies of good governance.
The Lands Advisory Board have always been comprised of leaders from First Nations who have taken up lands governance and continue to be at the cutting edge of experience and knowledge when it comes to decolonization community by community. I am confident that the Lands Advisory Board and all of the operational communities from coast to coast will continue to overcome adversity and pave the way for many more First Nations to have the option to reclaim their rightful place as the decision makers over their own lands and resources.
We have undeniably proven that through the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management we can be successful, and we will accomplish even more. I am proud of each and every signatory community who has taken this journey with us. For the first time in over 150 years, there are communities radically changing the way their lands are governed, making history, this is no small feat.
I want to thank you for visiting the newly improved Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre website. This page is dedicated to the background of past and present board members, press releases and other services we provide.
In this site you will find the stories of board members who are leaders and have deep roots in each of their operational land code communities. Collectively, this board represents decades of political and practical experience with all aspects of Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.
Please take some time to explore. The Lands Advisory Board are committed to sharing our stories, passing on our best practices and doing our part to help each and every First Nation have the opportunity to take up this great work.
Lemm lemm/ Thank you