James Cada from Mississauga First Nation joins the show this week. This Land Advisory Board member is a 30 year veteran of land management and his community of Mississauga First Nation enjoyed a smooth transition to self-government over their lands with many benefits and along the way.
1:52 Jim describes his experience with the Land Code in his capacity as director of operations. Phil Goulais, Austin Bear and Robert Louie played key roles.
2:45 Had a draft land code by 2003. Tells the story of a road that was a critical element. Wasn't passed until 2009.
4:03 No issues with land registry. There were no Certificate of Possession (CP) on the occupied land base and no surveys.
4:48 The land code has led to several laws, including waste management, noise bylaw, community protection (important in Covid management in a small community.)
6:11. Had only .16 acres of land when the code was passed! But added land later.
8:14 History of having land use plan covering historic and sacred sites to protect. That stalled but community is still working on it. Covid has affected consultation.
9:51 Comments on approaching 100 operational communities within the framework agreement. A long way from those original 14! "We are in charge" and no longer having to deal with ISC.
11:16 Jim enjoys speaking in other communities about the benefits of land code.
12:20 He sees much improved relationships with businesses, especially Hydro and Union Gas.
13:11 Jim developed a good rapport with Resource Centre staff and has great things to say about the level of support.
14:12 Bill Henderson and other legal counsel have been great.
14:33. The best way to contact Jim is by email at the Band office.
15:03 Richard promotes upcoming shows.