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Who has the responsibility of processing an Addition to Reserve?

by Guest789  |  6 years, 7 month(s) ago

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Who has the responsibility of processing an Addition to Reserve?

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     There are three phases to the Additions to Reserves process in which various parties have responsibilities. Generally speaking, responsibilities between the applying First Nation and the Government of Canada vary according to the process phase:

    Phase One, the "planning" phase, is predominantly the responsibility of the applying First Nation. In Phase I, the First Nation brings together documentation such as a legal description of the land parcel, and conducts research into what, if any, outstanding obligations are on the parcel. This phase ends with a Band Council Resolution and appropriate supporting documentation for the ATR proposal being submitted to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

    Phase Two is predominantly the responsibility of the Government of Canada. This phase involves surveying the land, conducting an environmental review, consulting with the province, neighbouring municipalities and other First Nations, and ensuring that all existing third-party interests on the parcel (including negotiating servicing agreements with the local municipality, if required) have been addressed.

    Phase Three, the final phase, is the responsibility of the Government of Canada and includes processing the final package for review and approval/recommendation by the Minister and/or Governor in Council. Approved submissions are registered into the Indian Lands Registry in Ottawa.

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