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Sustainable Development

Principles - The East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act

In implementing The East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act, the Government of Manitoba is committed to the following principles:

1. Voluntary: The Act will apply only to those First Nations who welcome it.

2. Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Respected: Any Crown decisions originating from the Act must respect all aboriginal and Treaty rights. The Act will be interpreted in a manner that is consistent with the recognition and affirmation of aboriginal and Treaty rights.

3. Consistent with the WNO Accord: The Act enshrines the goals, objectives and principles of the Wabanong Nakaygum Okimawin (WNO) Council of Chiefs Accord.

4. Respecting Government-to-Government Relations: All decisions in the planning process as outlined in the Act will be made jointly by First Nations and the Government of Manitoba. A traditional use planning area will be recognized under the Act only if requested by the First Nation and the final configuration of the area must be agreed to by the First Nation and the Government of Manitoba. All plans and regulations stemming from the Act will be drafted in full consultation between First Nations and the Government of Manitoba. The Act will enable the Province to approve a plan only if it has been approved by the First Nation.

5. Existing Uses: No First Nation is being asked to accept any existing uses. The Act does not preclude a review of the legitimacy of permitting decisions made in the past, in the same way that those decisions can now be reviewed. However, existing uses will not be affected by regulations under this Act.

6. Planning Outside the Act: First Nations, if they so choose, will be able to continue planning outside the Act using existing provincial laws rather than the Act.

7. Public Interest and Consultation: The province could not amend a plan, if the Lieutenant Governor has determined that an amendment is in the public interest, without full and meaningful consultation with any affected First Nation prior to a decision to amend a plan being made.