What is a Land Code
A Land Code is the land law developed by our own community for managing our reserve lands. It will replace the 44 land management sections of the Indian Act that currently enables the federal government to manage our lands.
Our Land Code will return jurisdiction over our reserve lands back to our community!
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About our Land Code
Why would we want to manage our own lands?
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Indigenous Services Canada (CIRNAC and ISC... the old INAC) would no longer be involved in the management of our reserve lands.
With our Land Code in place, Xeni Gwet'in First Nations will have independent control over our own reserve, making it community-driven, for our people ~ by our people.
The Xeni Gwet'in First Nations Land Code, if approved by our membership, will empower us to go back to the ways we used to manage our lands, teachings, and practices. No more delays. No more red tape! Xeni Gwet'in First Nations would no longer need to wait on ISC/CIRNAC, we would control our own projects, completing them on our own schedule.
Our Land Code lays out a number of important governing functions, which include transparency and accountability to the membership in all decisions relating to our lands. The Land Code is "the people's land law", and not a tool that can only be used by a chosen few.
What needs to be done?
The XGFNG Nenqay Department will be organizing a number of information events and meeting sessions in order to receive direction from the community on what provisions to include in the Land Code. Drafts of the Land Code will then be written by the Nenqay Department and resubmitted to the community for input at future meetings. When the final version of the Land Code is developed, it will then go to a community vote.
All voting-aged members of Xeni Gwet'in First Nations have the right to vote on the Land Code.
Membership participation is vital to the success of this historic document.
Our Land Code will give us back the authority to govern our lands and resources.
It will strip those powers and responsibilities away from the federal government and place them back into the community, for this generation and the ones to come.
If you have any comments or questions don’t hesitate to contact us! Share with your friends, family, and neighbours! We will continue to update this website with important information on our Land Code.
Xeni Gwet'in First Nation Land Code
Land Code Summary - coming soon!
Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management
First Nations Land Management Act
Full Version - coming soon!
Summary - coming soon!
Community Ratification Document
Full Version - coming soon!