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We thank you for visiting the newly redesigned Lands Advisory Board (LAB) website. We are pleased to offer a full range of training and resource materials to everyone interested in discovering more about the historic Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.
Over the past 2 decades, the Framework Agreement has succeeded in recognizing the inherent rights of First Nations to govern their lands, environment and resources. First Nations can replace 25% of the paternalistic Indian Act with their own laws. These are important and necessary milestone achievements in decolonization.
The LAB is committed to ensuring this opportunity is accessible to all interested First Nation, and to assist these communities in reaching their land governance goals with the Framework Agreement.
Within the LAB logo we have depicted the beautiful Canadian landscape from coast to coast. To the left, a portrayal of the Rocky Mountains, the lush forests of British Columbia and the deep turquoise waters of the Pacific coastal ocean.
The centre represents the Canadian plains as the sunset, or wave of light, envelops a traditional dwelling of the Indigenous people of the plains, the tipi.(Spelled Tipi, Tepee, or Teepee)
The illustration within the last letter, is a representation of the ancient Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic coastal ocean. Within the upper bowl of the B the sun and the moon are shown to have risen in the East.
Learn more about what is happening across Canada.
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A Message from the Chairman
Robert Louie, Chairman, Lands Advisory Board
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.
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Signatory First Nations
The Signatory First Nations to the Framework Agreement form an extensive network of valuable support, innovation and experience in modern Lands Governance across Canada from coast to coast.
There are 89 First Nations implementing Land Codes. More than 75 others are developing or wanting to develop their own Land Codes.
Tzeachten First Nation
Tzeachten has developed a strong on reserve housing market that is keeping pace with growth and home values off reserve in BC.
- This is a direct result of having their own land code and the ability to directly implement their own lease and development arrangements as well as provide increased land certainty through regulated registration for the sales of these homes on their reserve lands;
- 1200+ residential homes sell on the open market and generate lease revenue
- Housing activity will increase with the planned construction of another 400 units in the next two years.
Share Your Success Story
Whether it’s the pride in taking back the management of reserve lands and resources, the removal of reserve lands from the Indian Act, the community control over First Nation land management and development leading to cultural reinvigoration or green energy initiatives, etc. We are pleased to highlight and share your community’s advancements and plans for future generations.
We would love to hear about and feature your community’s success.