Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

January 23, 2012 08:35 ET

The Harper Government Announces One Arrow First Nation From Saskatchewan to Join First Nations Land Management Regime

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2012) - One Arrow First Nation from Saskatchewan will soon begin a process to opt out of the 34 land-related sections of the Indian Act and assume greater control over their reserve land and resources, announced the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

"I would like to congratulate the One Arrow First Nation on being selected to join the First Nations Land Management Regime," said Minister Ritz. "This First Nation joins a number of communities from Saskatchewan who have already taken this great stride towards greater self-sufficiency and prosperity."

"The First Nations Land Management Regime has a proven track record of increasing economic development opportunities for First Nations," said Minister Duncan. "Together with First Nations organizations and communities, we are working to build a future in which First Nations are self-sufficient and prosperous, making their own decisions, managing their own affairs and making strong contributions to the country as a whole."

Chief Austin Bear added: "I also am extremely pleased that 18 additional First Nations will be added to the 58 current signatories to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. The Lands Advisory Board of Directors, and the Resource Centre Board of Directors, greatly appreciate the commitment by Minister Duncan and his senior officials to working so diligently to make today's announcement a reality. Today, these communities will begin their historic step and will now be able to create and respond to economic development opportunities at the speed of business. This is the result of taking back control of their reserve lands and resources so that they are the decision-makers."

Today's announcement is a result of a commitment made in Budget 2011. The Government of Canada committed to reallocating up to $20 million over two years to respond to the growing interest from First Nation leaders to participate in the First Nations Land Management Regime.

Improving economic opportunities for Aboriginal people is a priority for the Government of Canada. In June 2009, the Government of Canada released the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development (FFAED), which represents a fundamental change to how the federal government supports Aboriginal economic development. The FFAED emphasizes strengthening entrepreneurship, enhancing the value of Aboriginal assets, and forging new and effective partnerships to maximize the economic development potential of Aboriginal Canadians.

Backgrounder - First Nations Land Management Regime

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