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


oday, 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 First Nations.


"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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