NALMA Awarded Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property

Today, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced that the first element of the Harper Government’s Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act came into force earlier this week. The Act aims to ensure that women, children and families living on First Nation reserves have access to the same matrimonial rights as those living off reserves. It was given Royal Assent on June 19, 2013, and came into force on December 16, 2013.

“With this Act, our Government is ensuring that families living on reserve have similar rights and protections as other Canadians. In particular, Aboriginal women and children will benefit from this important legislation,” said Minister Valcourt. “This Act will encourage First Nations to create and apply their own matrimonial real property laws that respect their own culture and traditions.”

To assist First Nation communities with the implementation, a Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property, operated at arm’s length from the Government of Canada, has been put in place. Hosted by the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA), this resource centre assists First Nations with the understanding and application of the new Act and helps to guide First Nations who are opting to develop their own matrimonial real property laws. The Centre provides information on the protections and rights available to individuals and families living on reserves, research on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, as well as the provisional federal rules.

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Minister Valcourt and NALMA Board. (l-r) Joe Sabattis, Kingsclear First Nation, Director representing the Atlantic Region Aboriginal Lands Association (ARALA), Joan Phillip, Penticton Indian Band, Director representing the British Columbia Aboriginal Land Managers (BCALM), John Alook, Bigstone Cree Nation, Nominee representing the Treaty and Aboriginal Land Stewards Association of Alberta (TALSAA), the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Denise Pelletier, Cowessess First Nation, Director representing the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Lands Technicians (SALT), Gordon Bluesky, Brokenhead Ojibwe Nation, Director representing the Manitoba Uske (Lands), Noella Jacko, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve representing the Ontario Aboriginal Lands Association (OALA), and Troy Beaulieu, Hamlet of Gjoa Haven, Director representing the Planning and Land Administrators of Nunavut (PLAN). Absent: Gino Clement, NALMA Chair, Listuguj First Nation, Director representing the First Nations Lands Managers Association for Québec and Labrador (FNLMAQ&L), Wanda McGonigle, Hiawatha First Nation, Director representing OALA, and Lance Yellow Face, Piikani Nation, Director representing TALSAA.

Minister Valcourt and NALMA Board. (l-r) Joe Sabattis, Kingsclear First Nation, Director representing the Atlantic Region Aboriginal Lands Association (ARALA), Joan Phillip, Penticton Indian Band, Director representing the British Columbia Aboriginal Land Managers (BCALM), John Alook, Bigstone Cree Nation, Nominee representing the Treaty and Aboriginal Land Stewards Association of Alberta (TALSAA), the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Denise Pelletier, Cowessess First Nation, Director representing the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Lands Technicians (SALT), Gordon Bluesky, Brokenhead Ojibwe Nation, Director representing the Manitoba Uske (Lands), Noella Jacko, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve representing the Ontario Aboriginal Lands Association (OALA), and Troy Beaulieu, Hamlet of Gjoa Haven, Director representing the Planning and Land Administrators of Nunavut (PLAN). Absent: Gino Clement, NALMA Chair, Listuguj First Nation, Director representing the First Nations Lands Managers Association for Québec and Labrador (FNLMAQ&L), Wanda McGonigle, Hiawatha First Nation, Director representing OALA, and Lance Yellow Face, Piikani Nation, Director representing TALSAA.