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GCTFN Northern Planning Conference 2016.pdf

Tami Hamilton – Natural Resources Coordinator, Carcross/ Tagish First Nation & Patrick James – Co-Chair of Carcross/Tagish First Nation Land Management Board

When Carcross/Tagish First Nation (C/TFN) negotiated their land claim agreements, members of the First Nation where ask to pick 8 ha parcels of land on an individual basis. These parcels have been chosen throughout C/TFN’s Traditional Territory, often based on past family use areas or particular values associated with a site, such as view or proximity to a lake or creek. Some of these sites have been registered as S-Sites, some have been amalgamated into larger C- and R-blocks of Settlement Land.

The result was the creation of a mosaic of land parcels selected throughout C/TFN’s Traditional Territory alongside an expectation that Citizens would have exclusive rights to these selections. Since then, close to 20 years have passed and the demographic landscape of the Yukon and that of First Nations has changed.

As Government of C/TFN is developing its land management legislation, its Citizens have to come to terms with the traditional way of dispersing residential sites throughout their traditional territory being non-sustainable. Thus, Government of C/TFN aims to develop a land management systems and legislation that balances respect for traditional values with the application of land use principles commonly applied in urban environments, i.e., densification of residential areas in terms of parcel size, building footprint and number of dwelling units per building.  As C/TFN aims to protect their land base for generations to come, they set new development standards, such as for the size of parcels, buildings and their location that go beyond current Yukon government land management legislation.