First Nations Land Management Act

An Act providing for the ratification and the bringing into effect of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management

This bill was last introduced in the 36th Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 1999.

Sponsor

Jane Stewart  Liberal

Status

Not active
(This bill did not become law.)

Elsewhere

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May 5th, 2015 / 10 a.m.
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NDP

Carol Hughes NDP Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, ON

Thank you very much.

I certainly think the First Nations Land Management Act is working fairly well for many first nations. I think the concern we've seen with the program is that not everybody has been able to buy into it at this point. I believe that's what my colleague was talking about with some of the concerns he had.

There's quite a bit that I want to discuss, but I don't think I'm going to have a lot of time.

Andrew Beynon, who is the acting assistant deputy minister for lands and economic development, was before us on February 24, 2015. He mentioned that “it may be useful to explore ways to strengthen the network of aboriginal financial institutions, including ways to promote their self-sufficiency, introduce additional capital, and have them act as a continuing source of financial literacy for aboriginal businesses and communities”. In his remarks, he went on to say, “Pending the Department's findings, the Committee may wish to learn more about Indigenous Business Australia and its applicability for Aboriginal access to capital in the Canadian context.”

Do you have some comments to make about Indigenous Business Australia and how that compares with us? Are there some things we can learn and consider? Do you feel that there's a way for the government to strengthen the network of aboriginal financing in promoting the self-sufficiency of introducing additional capital?

May 5th, 2015 / 9:55 a.m.
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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Bank of Canada

Keith Martell

In many communities, the land management act works very well. It provides more certainty around the first nation.

For example, when they're doing a land lease for a commercial development such as a strip mall in the community, instead of having to go to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and wait in a very long line to get approval from the minister for a project that he or she knows nothing about, frankly, they have the local authority to develop that land in a purpose that meets the needs of the community.

I see the land management act in very many circumstances working very well. It's a good example of putting the right mechanisms in place to allow first nations to do what they can do with the resources they have.

May 5th, 2015 / 9:50 a.m.
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NDP

Mathieu Ravignat NDP Pontiac, QC

That's a helpful example. Thank you for that.

Moving on a bit, certainly in the government there are some resources that already exist to address the fiscal responsibility on reserves. There are some programs there that are not performing particularly well. I'm thinking, for example, of the land management act. I don't know if you have some comments to help improve those programs that are there but don't seem to be functioning.