Welcome to Season 2 of Land Decolonized! This Indigenous podcast explores the practical side of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. This podcast was created for First Nations communities and anyone interested in learning more about land governance outside of the Indian Act. The Land Decolonized podcast is brought to you by the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre and supported by the First Nation Land Advisory Board.
Jasmine Pouce Coupe, Doig River First Nation, BC
Jasmine Pouce Coupe has some advice for First Nations considering adopting their own land codes to take control of their lands and resources. Communicate well, and often! Repeat important messages to your community members.
Jasmine is helping guide Doig River First Nation, near Fort St. John, BC, as it develops a community-based land code. Has the effort been worth it? Absolutely, she says, and even more important now that Doig River has signed a Land Entitlement Agreement after 23-years of negotiation, a deal that will see a new urban reserve and new business development.
As she told host Richard Perry, she is incredibly proud of the community's accomplishments.
Episode runs 20:36.
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To reach Jasmine by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doig River First Nation website
Land Management Resource Centre website
Kim Guerin, Musqueam Indian Band, B.C.Ep.37
Kim Guerin learned from an early age that a small First Nation could take on the Canadian government and win.
Her father spearheaded a legal battle over lease rights that went to the Supreme Court. R v Guerin affirmed that Ottawa has a fiduciary duty to a First Nation, that it is in a position of trust to act on the First Nation's best interests.
Musqueam is also part of the growing Land Code movement in Canada. It managed its own lands and resources in one of the most populated urban centres in Canada...the heart of Vancouver.
Ms. Guerin spoke with host Richard Perry about pride in community and why she sees land and sovereignty as critical pieces of Musqueam's future.
Musqueam Indian Band
First Nations Land Management Resource Centre
R. v Guerin Supreme Court decision
Bart Metansinine, Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek, Ep.36
In this episode, land management trainee Bart Metansinine talks about his community of Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek (AZA), which was once known as the Lost Nation. By signing onto the Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management, Bart says his community can move forward with development that will attract members home.
He credits fellow band staff members, Land Management Resource Centre staff and Dokis First Nation Chief Gerry Duquette, Jr. for their mentorship during his journey from working in the woods to a career in carpentry and now land management.
Land Management Resource Centre
Episode 2 with Chief Gerry Duquette, Jr, Dokis First Nation
Bart Metansinine email: email@example.com
John Makson, Exec. Producer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tania Solonas, McLeod Lake Indian Band, B.C., Episode 35
In this episode, you'll meet Tania Solonas, land management officer with the McLeod Lake Indian Band. With about 500 members, MLIB is one of the most experienced First Nations with the land code process, being the second in the province and among the first in Canada to sign onto the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.
how the Band's addition to Treaty 8 in 2000 sparked interest in the land code;why having a land code isn't a one-shot deal; it can be modified over time;challenges exist even with a land code. Some community priorities can still wait years for implementation;why the community sees a need to ratify an amendment this year to address enforcement issues;where McLeod Lake Indian Band sees future development opportunities beyond the current Duz Cho Group of Companies.
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Jordan Hatton, Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek FN Ep. 34
Down...but not out!
On this episode of the Land Decolonized podcast, Jordon Hatton shares the incredible comeback story of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabeck, an Ojibwa First Nation in Ontario. Its land was taken by the province in the 1940s to make a provincial park, but was eventually returned so a new reserve could be created.
Jordan is Director of Economic Development. He shares the sad history of the dispossession, but the modern climate that saw the land returned, a reserve created, and a Land Code passed by the community in 2014.
Location and history of Sand Point First NationThe rationale for signing onto the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land ManagementKey goals in community and land planningForecasting potential economic opportunities and residential developmentLinks:
Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabeck
First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre
Jordan Hatton's email: email@example.com
Robert Louie, Chair, First Nations Lands Advisory Board Ep.33
With the 2021 annual general meeting right around the corner, Lands Advisory Board Chair Robert Louie joins host Richard Perry for a thorough review of current challenges and opportunities around the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, including the Covid pandemic, fires and floods in western Canada, and the ongoing delays over a key legislative change needed in Ottawa.
Robert offers his personal take on:
what de-colonization means on the road to economic and political independence;his frustration over political delays on necessary legislative reform;his appreciation for regional Resource Centre staff who have worked through difficult circumstances while serving land code communities;the need for greater public education on reconciliation and the value of economic empowerment of First Nations.the importance of resisting colonial mindsets and lingering practices.
Links:Long Plain First Nation and Canada settle 100-year-old land sales dispute for $32 million (CBC News article mentioned in our conversation)First Nation Lands Management Resource CentreFramework Agreement on First Nations Land Management FAQsLand Decolonized podcast page on FNLMRC websiteSHOW IDEAS? Contact John Makson, executive producer: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Contact Richard Perry, host: firstname.lastname@example.org