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OPERATIONAL FIRST NATION

As an “Operational First Nation” your community has voted to approve your Land Code. Congratulations! You have full governance and management authority over your lands and resources.

You may be interested in further support creating and implementing land laws, policies, procedures or obtaining further capacity and training for your land’s office, developing and reviewing Land Use Plans, environmental management, enforcement or any other matter related to Land Code operations.

Success Stories

  • Whitecap Dakota First Nation: 66M Casino development. 40 acre business park (10M Infrastructure expansion). The land code has enabled the creation of a complete set of lands based services that bolster investment readiness and speed up lands transactions. Services such as: ◦commercial & residential Leasing, development and service agreements, traditional land interests, permits and licensing, lands registry, legal surveys, land appraisals, inspections, land resolutions, land use planning, environmental assessments, environmental protection, land law enforcement.

  • T’Sou‐ke First Nation: With the adherence to the Framework Agreement and eventual enactment of its Land Code, the T’Sou‐ke Community is focusing on its vision of self‐sufficiency and its traditional ways and principles. T’Sou‐ke has implemented a number of pilot projects including solar power, a wasabi commercial greenhouse operation and an organic Community garden.

  • Tzeachten First Nation: Land Code jurisdiction and supporting laws, policies and processes have enabled Tzeachten to undertake activities that according to the First Nation they would not have been able to achieve otherwise. This includes opening up economic development opportunities for the Band and Community members. The economic returns being seen by the Band are reported to be re‐invested for continued Community growth.

  • Muskoday First Nation: Through their Land Code, supporting processes and instruments, Muskoday First Nation has identified increased interest and participation in traditional, cultural and heritage activities within the Community according to the Chief. They have been able to resurrect traditional Pow Wow ceremonies, regenerate interest in sustaining the Cree language and provide a designated protected area for a culturally significant animal, the buffalo, to thrive on Muskoday lands.

  • Dokis First Nation: With the ability to negotiate and make independent decisions, a 10 megawatt hydroelectric project will bring anticipated financial benefits to Dokis First Nation in the order of $1M per year. They have been selected by Pollution Probe, a national, long‐standing, well‐ respected environmental organization for the “Pollution Probe Award.” This award was provided to Dokis celebrating their achievements in addressing environmental and cultural areas in the implementation of their hydroelectric project.

  • Georgina Island First Nation: New laws supporting environmental protection and conservation under a Land Code has had a direct positive effect on areas within and surrounding Georgina Island reserve lands. Georgina Island has been able to utilize its Land Code to improve environmental conditions, save costs and plan for the future environmental sustainability. Projects have addressed human health risks, risks to plants, fish, the disruption of the lake’s ecosystem and potential contamination of ground and surface water bodies.

  • Henvey Inlet First Nation: Having enhanced control over decision making, law creation, land use and planning facilitated Henvey Inlet’s efforts to develop a 300 Mw wind power project. This project is creating the potential for a sustainable revenue stream that will support employment for the First Nation, surrounding communities and neighbouring municipalities. The Henvey Inlet wind power project has received peer‐industry recognition, receiving the Group Leadership award from the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

  • Nipissing First Nation: The Land Code has created better circumstances for business development. Nipissing has built the capacity to provide solid support for entrepreneurs in this context. Increased employment within the Community is now more evenly distributed among business types and less dependent on Nipissing Administration and lessees.

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