Awareness and Educational Opportunities for First Nations/Organizations

The Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property hosted by the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) and with the support of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) has developed Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) toolkits and offers training sessions and community presentations.

We offer training sessions and community-based presentations in your community free of charge. You supply the location, refreshments, and recruit participants.

We Will Come To You!

We are available to make a presentation related to:

  • The law-making provisions of the legislation and best practices for engaging your community in this activity
  • Information on the provisional federal rules and how they impact your First Nation. These rules became effective December 16th, 2014 and will apply until your First Nation enacts its own MRP law

Presentations can be geared to leadership, technicians and/or members and residents. Just ask.

We are also pleased to offer three MRP Toolkits to its training regime.  Each Toolkit provides focused training on one of the three major aspects of implementing the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act.  Each Toolkit is intended as stand-alone training on one aspect of the implementation of the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act.  This allows for a more focused exploration of each aspect of the legislation. 

These Toolkits and associated training materials will provide a fulsome understanding of all aspects of the legislation.

  1. Provisional Federal Rules (PFR) Toolkit was developed for use by those First Nations who have not yet passed their own MRP law or who have chosen to use the to use the provisional rules contained in FHRMIRA to deal with MRP issues.  This Toolkit provides a detailed understanding of the rights and remedies available to spouses or common-law partners resident on-reserve until a First Nation enacts its own law.  It also provides information on the provisions of the Act intended to balance these individual interests with the collective interest of the First Nation and the role of the First Nation Council in this regard.
  2. MRP Law-making and Ratification Toolkit is for those First Nations who want to pass their own MRP law. This Toolkit provides a model lawmaking process that includes a variety of best practices for engaging community members.  Group exercises allow for discussion on codifying existing traditional practices and exploring new processes that reflect evolving land and housing regimes.  In addition, this Toolkit provides a model ratification process consistent with the provisions contained in ss. 7-1.
  3. Implementation of an MRP Regime Toolkit, deals with the effective administration of MRP regimes under either the provisional federal rules or a First Nation community specific law. This Toolkit explores such topics as establishment of an MRP Implementation Committee; on-going awareness of MRP within the community; best practices; the development, implementation, evaluation and amendment of policies, procedures and guidelines; template process charts; staff training; day-to-day handling of MRP files; educating supporting players such as, courts, judges, police and social services; the importance of publishing your MRP law; developing your own dispute resolution process; reporting to leadership on implementation; Chief and Council involvement; INAC forms; and finally, the importance of keeping an implementation journal.