Canadian Provincial Government transfers 20,000 hectares of land back to First Nations’ community.
- February 6, 2023
- Posted by: Sinead Sprigg
- Category: Environmental, Global, Water Issues, North America
The provincial government of British Columbia, Canada has committed to transfer 20,000 hectares of Crown land, including waterfront and prime forestry lands, back to Lake Babine Nation, which is situated in the centre of the province, on the west coast of Canada.
This transfer of lands will enable the Nation to expand its forestry business and drive economic opportunity in the regional economy. It is a roadmap for reconciliation, providing a step-by-step guide for how the Nation and the provincial and federal governments will work together in a phased approach.
“This is just the beginning,” said Lake Babine Nation Chief Murphy Abraham. “Our ancestors fought hard to protect our territory, and the land transfer agreement is the first step in bringing these lands back to Lake Babine control and decision-making. This is a historic moment for us, and I look forward to expanding our land base as we negotiate additional parcels.”
The signing of the Lake Babine Lands Transfer Agreement is a significant step toward the implementation of the Aboriginal title. Since signing the Foundation Agreement – signed by Canada, Lake Babine Nation and the Province of British Columbia in September 2020 – the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation has completed First Nation engagement with respect to the proposed Crown lands to be transferred. This has included letters, information sessions, open houses and one-on-one meetings with First Nations.
Lake Babine Nation is comprised of Old Fort, Tachet, Fort Babine, Woyenne and Donald’s Landing communities, with more than 2,500 citizens.