"TAKING BACK CONTROL OF OUR RESERVE LANDS
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. Jennifer Campbell, Lands & Resources Manager
SFN NEWS RELEASE - March 29, 2012
It was the perfect moment, as one witness said. Last night's ceremony commemorating the hard work of the Land Code com-mittee came to fruition. This is a night that has now connected the work which began as a vision and a dream by those who have gone before, the tenacity and willingness of those who are present, and the hope of all those generations who are yet to come, who will reap the benefits of this good work.
The evening began by a call from Dean Sam, MC for the night, to the singers to lead in a song of prayer. A wonderful meal prepared by Cathy, Ken and team, was shared by all who were present. After the meal was cleaned up, it was time; time to acknowledge the 'right of passage' of leav-ing teenage years behind and walking into full adulthood.
Counsellor Murray Ned began by sharing a few words from Chief Silver, who, although he could not be here physically, was cer-tainly here in spirit. Murray spoke of the traditional territory which connected fami-lies; the Lake which provided all necessary sustenance and economic gains; and the Land that Sema:th calls home, which from this day, is independently governed.
The Honouring Ceremony was a moving tribute to all of the hard work of the Land Code committee. The work began when the wishes of the Sema:th Membership were imparted to the Leadership and Chief and Council hired Gary Lister to facilitate the formal beginnings of creating the Land Code. Together Gary and Tannis Tommy, who was also hired to help, set out to find
members of the community to sit on this Committee. Audrey Silver, Tannis Tommy, Josie Kelly, Lyndy Silver, Melvin Williams, Troy Ganzeveld, Larry Ned Sr., Ambrose Silver, and Ed Williams Sr., all answered that call.
The first order of business for this new com-mittee was to hire the Lands and Resource Manager, Jennifer (Tommy) Campbell, who would be the hands and feet of the Commit-tee and lend her expertise to help create and manage this valuable resource. Hard work, dedication, team work, and coming to consensus were just a few words that were spoken by the witnesses last night describ-ing the efforts of this group of individuals, who, when they came together as a team, accomplished much.
Sema:th, you have grown up beautifully, not without hardships and trials, but gracefully and respectfully learning from those who have gone before. You are now an adult, no longer are you a teenager holding the hand of the Feds asking for 'help', but rather, you are now on the same playing field as mu-nicipalities and governments, living and abiding by the Laws you now are able to create for yourselves.
These are the word of those who witnessed.
Thank you to the family for hosting such a wonderful celebration. Your hard work and attention to detail shone through the events of last night.
March 26, 2012
From Indian Act Control to First Nation Control: Celebrating as First Nations resume jurisdiction over their reserve lands and resources
Kanata, ON (March 26, 2012) – A ceremony will take place in April to celebrate as a group of 18 First Nations sign the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement) and begin to resume jurisdiction over their reserve lands and resources. While these 18 First Nations begin the process of developing their land codes, there are 37 other First Nations that have already ratified their land codes. The Kahkewistahaw First Nation in Saskatchewan and the Sumas First Nation in British Columbia are two of the most recent Communities to resume control and decision-making over their reserve lands and resources.
(To read the entire article, see below.)
Sumas First Nation Land Code Initiative
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.
(To read the entire SFN Land Code Initiative, see below)