Land Code

LNIB IS PROUD TO BE: Taking Back Control of Our Reserve Lands and Resources

We are excited to be working with LNIB members to develop our own Land Code – and it is important that all members help guide its development.

LNIB recently began looking into creating our own Land Code as one part of implementing our Comprehensive Community Plan. All members, on – and – off reserve, can expect to be involved in the development of our Land Code through community meetings, phone calls, emails, and conversations.

Once it is drafted, a Land Code will require community approval through a ratification vote – meaning not only will you, as a member, members be involved in developing our code, but you will ultimately decide if it is implemented.

WHAT IS LAND CODE?

A way for First Nations to take control of reserve lands and resources on reserve is to create their own Land Code. A Land Code is a document a community creates to replace the land management parts of the Indian Act. It outlines the basic laws for managing reserve lands and resources on reserve.

It is important to know that a Land Code would not impose on or impact:

  • Taxation
  • LNIB Title & Rights
  • Land Claims
  • Certificates of Possession (CPs)

A Land Code would allow us to make timely business and administrative decisions without having to go to the Federal Government for approval. It will also enable us to enact and enforce sound environmental management and protection laws. A Land Code would not give the Federal Government any new taxation powers nor the ability to transfer authority to Provincial or Municipal governments – the control over reserve land would simply move to the Band.

This is one step on our path to self-governance.