Friday, December 13, 2013
Federal Gov't News
Local Reserves Get Xmas Gift
EAP plays Santa
with $9M for economic development
Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark
Strahl/Voice file photo
the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development, accompanied by Chief Robert Louie of the First
Nations Land Advisory Board and Chief Austin Bear of the First
Nations Land Management Regime (FNLM) welcomed nine more First
Nations into the FNLM including; Cheam, Chawathil, and Scowlitz
"This is a significant
achievement for our local First Nations. The FNLM Regime is a proven
means for First Nations to create their own economic opportunities
and become prosperous self-sufficient communities," said
Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl.
Economic Action Plan 2013 committed $9 million over two years for
the expansion of the FNLM Regime to create opportunities for more
First Nations to promote greater economic development on reserves.
Today's announcement makes it clear the Government of Canada is
delivering on its commitment to provide the opportunity for more
First Nations to pursue participation in the FNLM Regime.
The FNLM Regime enables First Nations to manage their own land,
resources and environment according to their own land codes, laws
and policies. The regime also helps First Nations get out from under
34 land-related limitations of the Indian Act in order to take
control of their land and resources.
The next step in the process for these communities is to develop
their own land codes and have them approved by their membership
through community ratification votes in order to become operational
under the FNLM Regime. Once approved, these communities would join
the 66 other First Nation communities active in the FNLM Regime that
are currently operating under or developing their own land codes.
Improving economic opportunities for Aboriginal people is a priority
for the Government of Canada.
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