Laren Bill, the Independent Chairperson at Implementation Monitoring Committee discusses how he got into the field of treaty land entitlement and how important it is for reconciliation. He also discusses his role as the holder of the sacred bundle at the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources.
About Our Guest
The Implementation Monitoring Committee (IMC) is the alternative dispute resolution table under the Manitoba Framework Agreement -Treaty Land Entitlement. As Chairperson, Laren Bill is responsible for facilitating and monitoring the disputes referred to the IMC by the Parties to the Manitoba Framework Agreement.
The Manitoba Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement (MFA) was signed on May 29, 1997 between Canada, Manitoba, and the Treaty Land Entitlement Committee (TLEC). Under this historic agreement, up to 445,417 hectares (1,100,626 acres) of land will be provided to the Entitlement First Nations (EFNs) represented by the TLEC. Manitoba will provide up to 399,008 hectares (985,949 acres) of Crown land. Canada will contribute $76 million.The Implementation Monitoring Committee
In This Episode
- Implementation Monitoring Committee
- Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
- The Manitoba Framework Agreement (MFA)
>> (02:52): And I was really drawn to it because of the fact that it included both the Indigenous scientific perspective, as well as the Western scientific perspective. And I say Indigenous scientific perspective because a lot of times that, that view or that perspective is not seen as a scientific worldview.
>>(08:20): There was always this understanding that, from the First Nations perspective, that there was this inaccurate acreage count because they knew that their full population and their membership on the list was not accounted for.
>> (15:56): What really is holding up these lands from being set apart as reserve in urban centers? Why do we only have a handful set apart as reserve here in Manitoba? Whereas our neighbors in Saskatchewan, they have over 72 urban reserves and more on the books, slated to be set apart this year.