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VOTER INFORMATION PACKAGE - Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code)

To view, print or download the Nisichawayasihk ASKI PUMENIKEWIN (NCN Land Code) voter package please click the eight document links below. The voter packages have been sent out to the last known addresses of NCN Citizens on the voting list.

  1. Ratification Vote letter Notice
  2. Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) Ratification Vote Notice
  3. Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) - Final
  4. Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) Land Code Summary
  5. NCN Individual Agreement on First Nations Land Management
  6. Summary of the Individual Agreement between Canada and NCN
  7. Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management - Executive Summary
  8. First Nation Land Management Act - (Bill C-49) - Executive Summary

 


ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS - Regarding the Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) and Ratification Vote

NCN has answered many of the communities most pressing questions about the Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) Ratification Vote.

Read the Q & A's!


NCN Community Ratification Vote

A Ratification Vote will be held in accordance with the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Community Ratification Process from July 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017, in order to determine if Onuwosonekew (voters) approve the Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (land code) and the Individual Agreement.

The Ratification Vote will include:
1. Electronic Voting from July 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
2. Mail-in-Voting from July 30, 2017 to August 18, 2017
3. In-person Voting in Winnipeg, Thompson, Leaf Rapids and Nelson House on the dates set out at the link below.

Read below for more details.

ASKI PUMENIKEWIN (NCN LAND CODE) Electronic Voting Process

Vote online from July 21, 2017 to August 25. NCN Citizens can vote online to make it easy to record their vote for the Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code). THE WHOLE PROCESS ONLY TAKES 2-3 MINUTES TO COMPLETE YOUR ELECTRONIC VOTING PROCESS.

Step-by–step Voting instructions

STEP 1: Visit the OneFeather landing page https://onefeather.ca/nations/nisichawayasihk/elections/ncnlandcode to register with OneFeather and initiate the electronic voting process.

STEP 2: Have your 10 Digit Status Card Number (Registry Number), Date of Birth and Personal Email ready. Click the red Register to Vote Button – enter your Registry Number and Date of Birth then click the red Register button.

STEP 3: Update your contact information and enter your personal email address – double check your email address to make sure it is correct then click the red Register button.

STEP 4: Watch your email…you will be sent an email with a confirmation link – click the verification link to confirm and activate your eligibility to vote electronically. (If you do not see the email within 5 minutes – check your junk email folder).

STEP 5: Watch your email for a second email following immediately from OneFeather. This email will have your PIN (unique personal identification number) and a secure link to the voting event. Write down your PIN (always lower case) Click the link in the email to Vote!

STEP 6: Read the instruction pages – click Next when ready to proceed.

STEP 7: Complete your identity verification - enter your PIN, Registry Number and Date of Birth. Confirm that you want to vote electronically – check the box! Click the red Verify My Identity box.

STEP 8: Follow the voting instructions and make your Vote!

STEP 9: Confirm your Vote.

STEP 10: Share your voting experience and encourage other Members to vote.

For help with the online vote please contact Joyce Yetman 204-679-0506.

Other ways to vote

MAIL-IN VOTING (July 21 to August 18, 2017)

To vote by mail-in ballot, you will need to complete the form on your Registration and Identification envelope, which is included the package you recieve in the mail. Your ballot must be sent in the pre-addressed envelope addressed to Joyce Yetman, Ratification Officer by August 18, 2017 by 4:00pm. To cast a Mail in Ballot, you must:

  1. Mark the ballot by placing a cross (“X”) in the box marked “YES” or in the box marked“NO”.
  2. Enclose and seal the ballot in the secrecy envelope.
  3. Enclose and seal the secrecy envelope in the registration envelope.
  4. Complete and sign the registration envelope in the presences of a witness, who is at least 18 years of age. The witness will sign registration verifying your signature.
  5. Enclose and seal the registration envelope in the mailing envelope (pre-addressed envelop).
  6. Mail or Deliver the sealed mailing envelope to the Ratification Officer (address above).

NOTE: The Ratification Officer will check your registration form when your mail-in ballot is received and may contact you if it is not complete. Your secrecy envelope will be deposited in a ballot box and opened separately from your registration envelope; your vote will remain a secret.

IN-PERSON VOTING (August 14- August 25, 2017 in various locations)

If you prefer to do in-person voting please go to the voting station nearest you on the dates outlined below.

AUGUST 14, 2017
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm REGULAR VOTING DAY
LEAF RAPIDS, MB
Town Center

AUGUST 17-19, & 24-25, 2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm REGULAR VOTING DAY
NELSON HOUSE
Gilbert McDonald Arena (at the carnival tent outside.)

AUGUST 21 ,22, 2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm REGULAR VOTING DAY
WINNIPEG
Marlborough

AUGUST 15-16, 2017 9:00 am - 8:00 pm REGULAR VOTING DAY
THOMPSON
Mystery Lake Hotel

A person who is eligible to vote but has not received a Voter Registration Document or requires further assistance should contact Joyce Yetman, Ratification Officer 1-204-679-0506 or joyceyetman2017@gmail.com for further assistance.

 


 

ASKI PUMENIKEWIN (NCN LAND CODE)

NCN is developing a NCN Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) under the First Nation Land Management Framework Agreement. The Land Code development stage is a process that involves:

  • Drafting a Land Code with community Land Code Committee
  • Negotiating an Individual Transfer Agreement with Canada
  • Conducting a community ratification vote

The developmental stage includes input directly from community members through community engagement (eg. workshops, information sessions, committee meetings, newsletters, focus groups, etc.).

This important initiative is being co-ordinated with discussions about the Constitution as both provide NCN with mechanisms to pass laws. The draft Land Code will be discussed with the community over the next few months – leading up to a vote.

NCN will need Citizens to participate in Land Code public meetings and vote yes on the NCN Aski Pumenikewin (land code) to pave the way for further advancement for the Nation.

NCN LAND CODE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Bill Yetman, Chair
  • Darcy Linklater
  • Roslyn Moore
  • Willie Moore
  • Ron Spence
  • Greg Tayes
  • Cheyenne Colomb
  • Colleen Hunter
  • Jeremiah Spence, Coordinator

WHY THE LAND CODE IS IMPORTANT?

The Land Code will allow NCN to shift away from the Indian Act and AANDC paternalism of our NCN Reserve Lands. It will also Strengthen Land Governance by establishing legal and administrative frameworks to allow us to start managing our Lands ourselves. This will also speed up economic development processes and other development on NCN Lands.

 

INDIAN ACT vs. LAND CODE

INDIAN ACTLAND CODE
The Indian Act is written and interpreted by Canada.The NCN Land code is developed ad drafted by NCN for NCN.
The Indian Act is one size fits all.The NCN Land code is unique to NCN.
The Indian Act can only be amended by Canada.The NCN Land Code can be amended by a vote of NCN Citizens.
The Indian Act authorizes the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to have sole discretion and decision-making.Chief and Council and NCN Citizens are in the driver’s seat regarding decision-making processes.
The Indian Act can be amended/changed without our consent.The Acts that support our Land Code cannot be amended/changed without NCN consent.
NCN is not a “government”; we are instead considered a “ward”, “Ministerial Delegate” and “administrator” with no law making authority. We can only make legal decisions or bylaws that Canada approves of and not all are enforceable.NCN would be recognized as “government” with real legislative authority and our laws will be enforceable in court. Canada has no authority to overrule or cancel our duly made land laws or decisions.
We have the authority to make certain managerial decisions and make certain bylaws.We have the authority to make, administer and enforce land laws and manage our reserve lands and resources.
Indian Act laws, policies, procedures, rules and legal documents are made by Canada and we must follow them.Land laws, policies, procedures, rules and legal documents are all developed, approved, and enacted by NCN according to our Land Code, language, and culture.
We are not authorized to be in lawful possession of land unless the Minister approves it. This also includes Land transfers.We can create and authorize different types of legal land interests.
There is no environmental Assessment of Protection Laws for our land unless there is an agreement by Canada. Enforcement, monitoring, testing, and compliance can be a problem.We can create and enact our own Environmental Assessment/Protection Laws.
We are accountable by reporting to Canada only and there are no conflict of interest policies.We are accountable by reporting to the NCN Citizenship and having conflict of interest policies.
Members do not have a clear role in certain decisions and they do not have the right to receive or access information.Members have a clear role in decision-making, approvals and access to information.
There is no process to solve disputes.We can solve disputes by having our own Dispute Resolution Panel composed of NCN Citizens.
Expropriation is possible without our consent by federal or provincial governments for the purpose of Crown corporations or municipalities.There will be no expropriation by provincial or municipal agencies and only extremely limited federal expropriation (in cases of emergency).
The current government Lands Registry is policy based and does not guarantee land certainty because it is overly bureaucratic with lengthy approval times (6 to 12 months).We will have and will be able to manage our own NCN Lands Registry.
Our legal status/capacity is unclear and uncertain so it discourages lenders and other financial partners.We will have recognized legal status/capacity to acquire and hold property, to borrow and contract, to expend and invest money and to be a party to legal proceedings.

 

BENEFITS OF A LAND CODE

A Land Code has many benefits for more than just lands development:

  • Reclaiming the responsibility of OUR Lands and Natural Resources that the Indian Act took away from us.
  • Protecting Reserve lands for future generations as Nisichawayasihk sees fit.
  • Becoming self-sufficient in the governance and management of NCN Lands and Resources.
  • Important decision regarding OUR Lands and Natural Resources will be in the hands NCN CITIZENS instead of the Government of Canada, Minister of Indian Affairs and Bureaucrats.
  • Inclusion of both off-reserve and on-reserve members in important decision making.
  • Recognition of significant law-making powers respecting NCN Lands.
  • Removal of the need to obtain Ministerial approval for NCN Land & Environmental Laws.
  • Recognition on Canadian courts of NCN Land & Environmental Laws.
  • Establishment of a legal land registry system. • Timely business and administrative decisions will result in accelerating our Economic Development.
  • NCN will have the opportunity for increased environmental protection of OUR Lands. A Land Code does NOT:
  • Affect the current tax exemption of reserve lands and property situated on-reserve, • Create "Fee Simple" land or any other type of alienable land interest,
  • Turn us into a municipality,
  • Affect Treaty or any other defined or undefined Aboriginal Rights,
  • Affect additions to reserves, or
  • Affect land claims.

LAND CODE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?

View Land Code Frequently Asked Questions »

View the Land Code Q&A »

 

What the Landcode?

 

VIEW THE NISICHAWAYASI ASKI PUMENIKEWIN (NCN LAND CODE) AND RELATED DOCUMENTS

July 2017 – These documents provide detailed information about the Land code and Individual Agreement on First Nation Land Management:
NCN Community Ratification Process
Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (land code) Ratification Vote Notice
Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) - Final
Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) Summary
NCN Individual Agreement on First Nation Land Management
Summary of the NCN Individual Agreement on First Nation Land Management Between Canada and NCN
Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management – Executive Summary
First Nation Land Management Act - (Bill C-49)
Exempt Indian Act Provisions
Land Code Voting Instructions

NCN Ratification Voters List – Are YOU On It?

This Voter's List is prepared for the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Community Ratification Vote (Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin land code) to be held on July 21 - August 25, 2017. All NCN Citizens 18 years of age on the day of the Ratification Vote are eligible to vote providing that the NCN Citizen has submitted a completed and signed registration document. Eligible Citizens that are not on this list are asked to contact the NCN Ratification Officer, Joyce Yetman by Ph/Txt: 204-679-0506, Fax: 204-484-2588, email: joyceyetman2017@gmail.com to be added to the list.

View the off-reserve voters list

View the on-reserve voters list

WE WANT YOUR COMMENTS AND INPUT…

For more information please contact:

Jeremiah Spence
Email: jeremiahspence@hotmail.com
NCN Lands and Resources Office
Box 393, Nelson House, Manitoba R0B 1A0
Phone: (204) 939-3805

OR

Land Code Development Committee
Email: ncnlandcode@gmail.com
NCN Lands and Resources Office
Box 393, Nelson House, Manitoba R0B 1A0
Phone: (204) 484-2970 Fax: (204) 484-2588

 


 

NCN Lands Department

Strengthening our Land Governance Through Community Engagement

NCN is currently taking initiative to strengthen our Land Governance for our Reserve Lands. The Lands Department is working closely with the Resource Management Board (RMB) to collaborate Lands & Resources under one authority. Lands were added as a “New” NCN portfolio in the 2014 Chief and Council Election. The Lands technical and management team currently consist of three staff members, the Land Code Development Committee, Centralized Office Location jointly with RMB, a future land administrator and participating Elder advisor(s).

PROGRAM GOALS

Strengthen Lands Governance via Community Engagement:

  • Strong Local Administrative & Management Capacity – Establish Project Team & Work Plan – local members wherever possible
  • Community Engagement & Input – meetings, smaller workshops, one on one interviews, written submissions, website, on & off reserve
  • Field Work/Research – conduct interviews with membership through one on one interviews - Data Processing & Management: compile, entry, analysis & verification
  • Build technology requirements and Information Systems – Digital Mapping system (GIS), electronic filing system, geodatabase, network/server
  • Good Administrative Policies & Procedures – Implement Plan & Policies through a Land Admin & Stewardship Program

NCN LANDS DEPARTMENT TEAM

  • Councillor Willie Moore, Portfolio Lead
  • Ed Vystrcil, Lands Director
  • Jeremiah Spence, Land Code Coordinator
  • Terry Linklater, TLE Coordinator

PROGRAM AREAS

  • Land Management & Planning
  • Land Administration& Information Management
  • Land Additions – TLE, NFA, Additions to Reserve
  • Economic Development
  • Special Projects (Research & Development)

CURRENT PROJECTS/INITIATIVES

  • Land Code
  • Land Disparity Claim
  • Strengthen Capacity and Technical Skills
  • Strengthen Administrative & Governance Structures
  • Add more land to reserve for economic development (Eg. TLE, NFA)

NCN POTENTIAL LANDS IN THOMPSON

(FOR PROPOSED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT)

  • River Cabaret
  • Yale Newman (85 Acres)
  • Mystery Lake Property (4.2 Acres)
NCN Lands Department Map

Our Lands