ONLINE LAND MANAGEMENT/GIS SYSTEMS

There Web-based systems that helps First Nations manage lands

  • LABRC Website is a public site where Lands Governance Directors can access information, tools and effective practices such as documents, checklists, videos, etc.
  • First Nation Land Registry System (FNLRS) is an electronic registry system, which holds a database of instruments registered in the Indian Lands Registry relating to Reserve Lands under the First Nation Land Management Act. There is a public site which can be accessed by any person interested in obtaining parcel information and a secure site which is managed by the First Nation. This system is hosted by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. http://services.aadnc-INAC.gc.ca/ILRS_Public/home/home.aspx (Updated link coming soon)
    • Canada Lands Survey System (CLSS) – Natural Resources Canada provides the CLSS Map Browser, CLSS Survey Plan Search and Canada Lands overlay for use in earth browsers – these system allows users to browse the CLSS cadastral data to search and visualize administrative boundaries and related survey parcels and plans maintained by the Surveyor General Branch (SGB).

Each First Nation will develop their own processes to meet the needs of their unique land management systems. Some examples are as follows:

  • Squiala First Nation – Land Department – purpose to administer interests in land and natural resources consistent with the Land Code and related agreements.
    http://www.squiala.com/Lands-Department
  • Tsleil-Waututh Nation – Reserve Lands Register – registration and recording of interests or licences on Tsleil-Waututh Reserve lands are carried out by the Tsleil-Waututh Lands Register. http://www.twnation.ca/en/Government/Departments/Lands%20Registry.aspx (Updated link coming soon)
  • Kitselas First Nation – Laws & Policies – As new Kitselas Laws are developed, complementary policies and procedures are needed to provide for smooth implementation of these new legal frameworks on Kitselas Reserve Lands.
    http://www.kitselas.com/government/laws/
  • Westbank First Nation – Regional Mapping System – WFN now manages their lands under their own self-government agreement. Being an urban reserve, WFN has entered into a regional mapping system with surrounding municipalities.
    http://www.rdcogis.com/GIS_App/RDCO_GIS_App.html. WFN’s manages their lands and taxation with customized operational software.

Most First Nations can manage with the Web-based, however, as the First Nation continues to grow, their organizational needs may increase. There is potential for collaboration with surrounding communities and/or customized administrative software. The development of these systems can become very costly.

The following are some sample Land Inventory codes that you may want to consider in database design:

LOT _ID
PIN_NUM
BAND
BAND_NUM
LOT_ID
EOT_NAME
PLAN_TYPE
PLAN_NO LSD_NUM
FN#
EVIDENCE_OF_TITLE
EOT_NUM
EOT_TYPE
LEASE
LEASE_TERM
LEASE_EXPIRY
LESSEE SUBLEASE_NUM
BAND_LAND
LAND USE
LAND USE TYPE
LAND USE CODE
TOPOGRAPHY
ENV_ISSUES
EI_ADJACENT
SERVICES ACCESS ROUTES
PERMIT
LOT
PLAN
IR
RESIDENT
STREETADDRESS
BUILDING TYPE
FOLIO/ROLL#

Good Practices Guide – Success In Building And Keeping An Aboriginal Mapping Program this may be a useful document was prepared by Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER): http://www.yourcier.org/uploads/2/5/6/1/25611440/good_practices_guide.pdf

Other GIS Data sources in BC:

NOTE FOR FIRST NATIONS IN QUEBEC
The examples provided relate to common law jurisdictions. They must be adapted in Quebec when dealing with bi-juridical concepts. For additional support, seek assistance from the FNLMRC Support Staff.