What is Land Code?
The Land Code is made up of land laws specific to LSFN and will replace the 44 Land Management Provisions of the Indian Act. The Land Code provides increased protection for reserve land and resources.
The Land Code and its contents will be drafted by LSFN and its membership. It will contain provisions for the following matters;
- Identifying the reserve lands to be managed
- Develop general rules and procedures for the use and occupation of these lands by members and others
- The making and publishing of Lac Seul land laws
Lac Seul is currently developing a Land Code in an effort to transfer land management jurisdiction from the federal government to our community members and First Nation as a whole.
Lac Seul First Nation entered as a signatory into the Framework Agreement under the First Nation Land Management in April 2019. This Framework Agreement provides First Nations with the option to govern their reserve lands and resources under their own land codes, free from constraints imposed by the federal government and Indian Act. The option to govern reserve lands and operate outside the Indian Act can only be achieved with the consent of Lac Seul band members by means of referendum/vote.
A First Nation signatory to the Framework Agreement exercises its land management option by creating its own Land Code, drafting a community ratification process, and entering into an Individual Agreement with Canada. LSFN’s Land Code is in draft form and is now available for community input and feedback, further revisions will be expected with additional drafts at a later date. It is essential for all Band Members to make informed decisions regarding the FNLM/Land Code process.
Please update your contact information (mail, email, telephone) as we move along in this process for voting and information purposes. All information will be kept confidential.
What is an Individual Agreement?
Negotiated between the First Nation and Canada to deal with such matter such as;
- Reserve lands to be managed
- Specifics of the transfer of the administration of land from Canada to the First Nation
- Transfer of revenue and capital monies
- an interim environmental assessment process
What is the Community Ratification Process?
The procedure for the community ratification process is developed by the community in accordance with the Framework Agreement.
- Every eligible voter, 18+ as of the last voting day, must have the opportunity to freely vote
- Inclusive of on-reserve and off-reserve voters
- In person polling stations and/or mail-in or electronic voting
Land Code Contact Form
Lac Seul First Nation Membership: please update your contact information for the Community Ratification Process so that you will have the opportunity to vote and receive updates on we move along in this process.
All information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with any third parties, for any reason
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Land Code Website
Land Code Development Team
- Grant R. Chisel
- Roderick Wesley Sr.
- David Gordon
- Jennifer Manitowabi
- Karen Ningewance
- Anne Marie Wynn
- Mona Gordon
- Percival Angeconeb
- Elizabeth Mattinas
- Carrie Quoquat
- Derek Maud
- Stanley Littledeer
- Wade Bull
- Raymond Angeconeb
Watch our Land Code video – we created this video in January 2021. Thanks to MJ Interactive!
For more information:
Chief and Council
Gina Wesley, Land Code Coordinator
Cell: (807) 738-1140
Business Phone: (807) 582-0386 or (807) 582-3503
Fax: (807) 582-0409 or (807) 582-3449
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100, Hudson, ON., P0V 1X0
The Land Code office is based at the Lac Seul Training Centre of Excellence at 33-3rd Ave., in Hudson, ON.