What is Land Code?
A code that is put in place through the signing of the Framework Agreement. The Framework Agreement is negotiated by the Federal Government and other signatory First Nations, for the purpose of breaking free from the Indian Act, as it pertains to the management and governing of reserve lands.
Leq’á:mel First Nation (LFN) has been quite successful in carrying out the obligations of LFN Land Code. Since implementation, the Lands Department together with Chief and Council, Family Advisory and the LFN Community have developed the following laws and policies:
– Matrimonial Real Property Law
– Developmental Procedures
– Land Use Plan
– Zoning Law
– Fee Schedule
With this many laws and procedures in place Leq’á:mel has been asked to share our successful story with neighbouring First Nations and the Lands Advisory Board, to better assist those who have more recently embarked on implementing their own Land Codes.
We are currently working on an economic opportunities plan that will demonstrate the priorities of the community, and provide market analysis on our reserves for viable business opportunities.
Once the Environmental Management Plan has been assessed by Chief and Council, we will begin doing additional work on priority areas of concern, such as the delineation of soil. Our Lands Department processes all land transactions, such as transfers for allotments and leases.
Environmental Management Plan (EMP) Documents
These are the final and approved EMP documents:
Environmental Management Framework
Environmental Management Plan
Environmental Operating Procedures