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The Lands Department can offer FREE assistance with the following areas of Land Management administration:

· Individual Land Holdings – any transaction to do with a Certificate of Possession holder, either transferring of land, change of tenancy, adding a family member to title, updating title etc.

· Leases & Permits – offer assistance with the leasing/permitting process to the community member, providing information packages to proponents as to due process

· Estates with Land – assist with Estate administration, provide information packages for Wills & Estates, and offer alternatives to a Will.

If you have any questions or would like a copy of your Parcel Abstract Report, please feel free to contact me anytime at (604) 852-4040 ext. 23. Leah Ballantyne, Lands & Resources Manager, or Tannis Tommy, Lands and Resource Officer at extension 27.

For a complete summary of Land Management Guidelines, please see here.


Sumas First Nation Land Code

In 2008, Sumas Chief and Council signed a Band Council Resolution entering into a Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management with the Government of Canada.  The Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management is a government to government agreement with Canada that allows First Nations to resume and exercise their own jurisdiction, control, and decision making over their reserve lands and resourses.  The Framework Agreement is a First Nation driven initiative.






TAKE NOTICE that a Ratification Vote will be held in accordance with the Community Ratification Plan on November 21, 2013 in order to determine if Voters approve theSema:th Land Use Plan.



The following question will be asked of the Voters of the Sumas First Nation by ballot:


"Do you approve:

  • The Sema:th Land Use Plan, dated October 31, 2013?


The Ratification Vote will take place on the 21st day, of November 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at:



the Sumas Community Hall.


Copies of the Sema:th Land Use Plan and a summary of the Sema:th Land Use Plan may be obtained from the Sumas Lands & Resources Department, from Leah Ballantyne at (604) 852-4040 ex 23 or Tannis Tommy ex 27 or online.



AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that all Members of the Sumas First Nation 18 years of age or older as of the date of the Ratification Vote are eligible to vote,



Any Member may contact the Ratification Officer, Valerie Sam at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sema;th Land Use Plan.pdf
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Map 1 Sema;th Land Use Designations.pdf
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Map 2 Sema;th Land Use Developmental Considerations.pdf
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