Feedback Requested on Federal Additions to Reserve Policy

Local governments have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed revisions to the federal Policy on Additions to Reserves/New Reserves until September 30, 2013. UBCM is requesting a copy of any member feedback submitted to AANDC on the revised policy by September 13, 2013, so that a consolidated member response may be submitted prior to the feedback deadline.

The Additions to Reserve (ATR) policy sets out the conditions and issues to be addressed before land can become reserve. The policy was created to fill a legislative gap, as ATRs are not addressed in the Indian Act or other federal legislation.

The UBCM First Nations Relations Committee has been monitoring the ATR policy review since December 2010. The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples conducted a review of the policy, culminating in the November 2012 report, Additions to Reserve: Expediting the Process. The Government Response to this report indicated that it would take action on issues raised by the Standing Committee, committing to:

· Better support productive negotiations between First Nations and local governments and/or third parties through improved guidelines, tools and resources under the ATR policy and access to negotiating expertise through the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association;

· Identify and implement measures to mitigate predatory pricing on the sale of private land to First Nations, including an expanded ATR toolkit that outlines best practices and land acquisition strategies;

· Examine the provisions of existing federal legislation on claim settlement implementation, which authorize pre-reserve designation and replacement interests, and consider potential policy and legislative replacement changes that would assist in dealing with third party interests in all regions of Canada and expedite the overall ATR process; and

· Streamline procedural requirements in relation to the ATR policy through continued implementation or recommendations from the Auditor General, a re-design of internal lands processes, development of service standards for Canada's contribution to the reserve creation process and expansion of the Nation3al ATR Tracking System to allow First Nations to view progress on their ATRs.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) recently released the proposed revised policy, and is looking for comments and feedback from First Nations practitioners and other interested parties. The proposed revisions aim to:

1. streamline the ATR proposal and remove duplication;

2. clarify roles and responsibilities; and

3. facilitate economic development.

The feedback form, as well as a summary of the proposed policy changes, is available online.

UBCM is requesting a copy of any member feedback submitted to AANDC on the revised policy by September 13, 2013, so that a consolidated member response may be submitted prior to the feedback deadline. Please submit a copy of the feedback provided to Angela Turner.

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