Kátł’odeeche First Nation votes in favour of land code

April Martel is the chief of K'atl'odeeche First Nation. (Image retrieved from a KFN video on its land code)

The Kátł’odeeche First Nation voted to take on more responsibility over its lands.

The Kátł’odeeche First Nation Land Code passed with 144 people voting in favour and eight people voting against — one vote was spoiled.

The KFN now have control over the governance of on-reserve lands and resources without federal oversight. This means it has the freedom to craft its own land laws, environmental policies and create its own budgets.

Here is it KFN band members. The vote has been successfully passed with 144 vote for yes and 8 votes for no and 1…

Posted by K’atl’odeeche First Nation on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

These responsibilities were previously governed by Canada, under the Indian Act.

The option to opt out and gain responsibility over reserve lands was established under the Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management.

The KFN posted on Facebook it is the first in the Northwest Territories to pass the Land Law and the 97th in all of Canada.

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