Kinawaytah askiy, Ekwa kakinawaymikanaw askiy:
Take Care of the Land and the Land will Take Care of Us
The George Gordon Lands and Resources office is responsible for managing one of our most important asset, the Lands and Resources. As a Nation, our connection to the land and resources is inextricably linked to our history, language and our survival and the wellbeing . The Lands and Resource Office ensures that GGFN Lands are protected and managed in accordance with our Nation’s values and goals.
- Responsible for a wide spectrum of land management activities including land instrument execution, registration and compliance;
- Review negotiate and process agricultural permits & leases, right-of-way agreements and other land instruments;
- Prepare land instruments, lands BCR’s and other legal documents;
- Ensure compliance with George Gordon First Nation by-laws and other applicable legislation;
- Responsible for the execution, registration, cancellation and administration of all transactions that effect GGFN lands and resources;
- Prepare land lease rentals and other payments;
- Ensure all instruments are entered into the Indian Lands Registry system.
The Land’s and Resources Department is also responsible to protect our Environmental health of the land, conserve natural resources and regulate development. Through planning, policy development, conservation, evaluation, and regulation & administration; environmental management seeks to mitigate and deter any adverse effects on the ecosystem, while preserving the land for future generations.
Indian Act Land Management
Currently GGFN is under the Indian Act for lands management. Indigenous Service funding initiatives provide funding for things such as brush clearing, fencing or Land use planning. This helps trigger economic development and provides seasonal contract work.
Designating land for specific use such as, commercial, agriculture and light or heavy industrial is necessary to attract parties that are interested in doing business with GGFN. This provides the vehicle that can create a lease’s and long-term sub leases which provide much needed stability and security that businesses need to operate.
Sectoral Self Government- First Nation Land Management
George Gordon First Nation is a signatory to the Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management and are in the developmental stage. We have developed our own Land Code which will be our fundamental Land Law governing our own rules around land and resources. Our citizens must vote in approval of our Nation to reassume governance control over our lands. Tentatively, GGFN is intending to bring only certain pieces of our TLE land under our land code until legacy issues are cleaned up on our home reserve. More information is available at the Lands & Resources Office.
Additions to Reserve
Additions To Reserve is the process of turning parcels of land to reserve status under the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement. Approximately 12,000 acres have been returned to GGFN through our TLE claim with more in various stages of the process.
Current Reserve Lands:
GEORGE GORDON FIRST NATION 86 (129 Ha)
GORDON 86 (14,438 Ha)
LAST MOUNTAIN LAKE 80A (508 Ha)
TREATY FOUR RESERVE GROUNDS 77 (99 Ha)
GEORGE GORDON FIRST NATION NO. 86-3 (64 Ha)
GEORGE GORDON FIRST NATION NO. 86-4 (775 Ha)
GEORGE GORDON FIRST NATION NO. 86-5 (3,128 Ha)
Lawrence McNab, Land Manager
George Gordon Lands & Resource Department