Fort McKay First Nation became a signatory to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management in 2007. The Framework Agreement is between First Nations and the Government of Canada and sets out the conditions under which First Nations will take back control over reserve lands. The Framework Agreement will not come into effect on Fort McKay reserve lands until Fort McKay First Nation’s eligible electors vote in favour of a Land Code that is unique to Fort McKay.
Currently, the use, occupation, and protection of Fort McKay reserve land are determined by the Indian Act and policies set by officials from Indigenous Services Canada. As your leaders, the Chief and Council will always have a say in how our reserve land is managed, but ultimately the final decisions are made by the Government of Canada.
Under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, 44 sections of the Indian Act no longer apply to a First Nation’s land and resources. Instead, Fort McKay First Nation can manage reserve land and resources under its own Land Code and laws, and the Government of Canada will no longer have any say in how Fort McKay chooses to use, occupy, and protect its reserve land.
Fort McKay First Nation will hold a community ratification vote to approve the Land Code and Individual Agreement in the Fall of 2022, with exact dates to be confirmed shortly. We will be using traditional in-person polling stations in Fort McKay, Fort McMurray, and Edmonton, and NEW this year we will be using electronic online voting through the OneFeather e-voting platform. Click here to go to Fort McKay First Nation’s exclusive OneFeather landing page where you can create your own unique account.
Community information sessions to support the community ratification process will are planned for May and June, with information updates throughout the summer and leading up to the vote. Please watch for meeting notices on this website, in your home mailbox, and on Fort McKay First Nation’s social media pages.
If you are a Fort McKay First Nation member who will be eligible to vote in the referendum (age 18+ by September 2022) please ensure your contact information, including your email address, is up to date with Fort McKay administration by contacting Tara Telnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updates and more information on opportunities to provide input, please visit the Fort McKay First Nation website and watch the FMFN Facebook page for updates on the project. Regular updates will be included in future newsletters and QGM updates.
You can also contact Fort McKay Lands and Leasing Department if you have questions about the land code process:
Carie Santo, Land Governance and Planning Analyst
To learn more about the impact of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land on signatory First Nations, please watch these videos featuring former Chief of Westbank First Nation, Robert Louie, and retired Chief Austin Bear of the Muskoday First Nation: