Lil’wat Land Code: VIDEO

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Just over a month from now, Lil’wat Nation holds its election. On March 14, the community votes, not just for Chief and Council under a new system that will see two Chiefs elected, but also on a major new policy initiative, whether to accept a new Land Code.

“… when First Nations are empowered with tools of self-governance and self-reliance, they are more likely to succeed.

The Lil’wat Nation Land Code needs to be ratified by the community. 376 of the 1500 members need to support it.

It is an opportunity for Lil’wat to take on the management of on-reserve lands and resources.

A Land Code will be the basic land law of the Lil’wat Nation and will replace the land management provisions of the Indian Act.

The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Northern Development Canada will no longer be involved in the management of the Lil’wat Nation’s reserve lands.

The Land Code will give Lil’wat Nation the ability to create bylaws for things like zoning, environmental assessments, parks and heritage designations, nuisance, traffic regulation, fees for natural resource extraction. It will also outline how property interests can be created.

Community consultation has been underway for the last 20 months, as the Code has been drafted and disseminated.

For over 100 years, the Lil’wat Nation have been declaring their independence and sovereignty, and the community has a strong history of activism. Read about the Land Code at

We’ll be sharing a series of videos that Lil’wat Nation First Nations Land Management team have prepared to help inform the community about the coming vote and what it means.

Here is the first of four videos – enjoy and follow more news via the Facebook page.

<p><a href=”″>Lil’wat Nation Land Code: Developing Land Laws</a> from <a href=”″>Ruth Dick</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>