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Why does it take the Department so long to process Treaty Land Entitlement-related ATRs?

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Why does it take the Department so long to process Treaty Land Entitlement-related ATRs?

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     It is a complex, due diligence-based process dependent on the active participation and agreement of a number of parties, including the Government of Canada, First Nations, the provinces, municipalities, and other affected interests. The target that Indian and Northern Affairs has set to process an average Addition to Reserve is two years. However, the actual time has ranged from less than one year to well over five years, depending on the issues involved.

     
    Many variables affect the length of time, for example:
     
    land acquisition and subsequent negotiations are based on the principle of willing-seller/willing-buyer, at times making the length of time needed dramatically different from one instance to the next;
     
    in instances where remote tracts of provincial crown lands are selected, land surveys are completed as seasonal conditions permit, often requiring multiple seasons to complete, depending on the size of the parcel being surveyed;
     
    environmental assessments of the condition of the land are required before lands are transferred to Canada and then set apart as reserves.

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