Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Land Management Board

  In the spirit of entering into Self Government, we have begun training a team of community members in the issues of natural and heritage resources within the C/TFN Traditional Territory (TT). The team is presently called the Land Management Board.  The team will be assisting the Natural & Heritage Resources Department with issues that are more then just land related. 

     A representative and an alternate were appointed by each of the six clans to sit on the Land Management Board (LMB). Half of the LMB happen to be Elders. The term of each member is four years and Clans are to review their representation in preparation for renewal or reappointment of their appointments.   The Quorum for meetings is four clans. All decisions of the LMB are to be made by consensus. If consensus cannot be reached, a motion or resolution may be passed by at least 75% of the LUT members. If at any time during the decision making process, any member of the LMB is in direct conflict with the application, they are to remove themselves from the meeting. A direct conflict of interest in an application includes making decisions on the following individuals:
  • Your own
  • Your spouse
  • Your child
  • Your mother/father
  • Your aunt/uncle
  • Your grandmother/grandfather
  • A possible business partner
The LMB presently consists of:

Daklawedi Patrick James Alternate Bobby Bayne
Deisheetaan Ted Hall Kelly Suits
Ishkaahittan Myles Johnson Ernest Richard  
Gaanaxtedi Alvin Mathews  
Kookhittaan Robert Wally Bill Barrett Sr.
Yan Yeidi Art Johns  
     The role of the Land Management Board is to assist, advise, develop, decide, guide and implement policies, laws, regulations, permits, agreements and strategic planning of land management matters in the following areas, but not limited to:
a)       Traditional uses
b)       Renewable resources
c)       Oil and gas
d)       Mining and mineral exploration
e)       Transportation
f)        Communication
g)       Forestry
h)       Protected areas
i)         Recreation
j)         Waste management
k)       Tourism
l)         Heritage and culturally significant sites
m)      Business and economic development
n)       Other areas as they arise
The Land Management Board has been mandated by the Executive Council of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation to be the decision making body in all land management matters within our traditional territory. The Land Management Board is required to make these decisions in accordance with the relevant policies in an equal and fair manner. 
The C/TFN LMB will represent C/TFN in dialogue and decision making with Yukon and BC Governments to establish natural resource priorities and maintain Consultation requirements of the various boards and committees that will fall under Final Agreement (FA) implementation obligations.   Some of these include:

Southern Lakes Regional Land Use Planning Commission
Carcross Local Area Land Use Planning Committee
Tagish Local Area Land Use Planning Committee
Carcross/Tagish Settlement Lands Committee
Carcross/Tagish Renewable Resources Council
Southern Lakes Wildlife Coordinating Committee
Kusawa Park Steering Committee
Agae Mene Natural Environment Park Steering Committee
Tagish River Habitat Protection Area Steering Committee
Lewes/Marsh Habitat Protection Area Steering Committee
Yukon River Watershed Management Working Group
Yukon Land Use Planning Council
Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act Board
Yukon Water Board
Fish and Wildlife Management Board, including the Salmon Sub Committee
Dispute Resolution Board
Surface Rights Board


     We are aware that our People have different ideas of what should be happening on our lands and to what extent. Please give your opinions on this and other natural resource issues to your LMB representative at your next clan meeting.