Mi'kmaw Matrimonial Real Property Law (March 9)

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Event date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 13:30 to 15:30
Name of Organization: 
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq
Contact Email: 
Bear River First Nation

Event date:

Bear River First Nation
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Band Office)    

Matrimonial Real Property law

Provincial laws regarding Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) do not apply on reserve land. Under the Constitution Act, 1982, the Federal government has jurisdiction over “Indians and Lands reserved for the Indians”. This legislative gap left little protections or legal remedies for married or common law partners in the event of a breakdown of a relationship or upon death of a partner. Recently, five Nova Scotia First Nation Communities enacted their own MRP laws including:

  • Pictou Landing First Nation
  • Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
  • Sipekne'katik
  • Bear River First Nation
  • Millbrook Band First Nation

Their MRP laws address not only the division of real property on reserve, but also the process of applying for an Exclusive Occupation Order and Emergency Protection Order on First Nation lands.

These information sessions are being hosted by The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq. All lawyers interested in Mi’kmaw MRP laws are invited to attend any of the sessions. Should you have any questions, please direct them to Giancarla Francis at 902 266 4465 or email giancarla@eastlink.ca