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KDFN News Center

Beneficiary Settlement Land Policy

Note: Hardcopies of this material, including supporting documents, have been mailed to Kwanlin Dün First Nation Beneficiaries and more copies are available for Beneficiaries at KDFN’s Administration Office, 35 McIntyre Drive.

What’s happening?

Kwanlin Dün First Nation is in the final stages of developing a new Lands Act, to be passed in 2020. Your government is seeking clear direction from Beneficiaries regarding the 2010 Settlement Land policy.

A Beneficiary Settlement Land policy will shape how land will be used by Beneficiaries, Citizens and non-citizens for future generations and protect the interest of Beneficiaries. It’s an important policy that will help determine how KDFN grows and moves forward with residential, traditional and recreational use of Settlement Land. 


What’s the referendum process?

A meeting for Beneficiaries to vote on whether to hold a Beneficiaries referendum on the amended policy will be held on September 26, 2019. There will be an information session two weeks before the vote on September 12, 2019.

Both meetings will be at the Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House in the McIntyre subdivision from 6-9 p.m. and Dinner will be provided.

If Beneficiaries vote to hold a Beneficiaries referendum on the amended policy, the referendum would likely take place in early December.

If you have any questions about the referendum process, please contact Jacqueline Shorty at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 867-336-0106.


Why’s it happening?

The proposed Beneficiary Settlement Land policy is an amendment to the 2010 Settlement Land policy.

The amended policy, found in the attached OIC-2019-23 (Order in Council, formerly known as a Resolution), aims to set clear directives for Kwanlin Dün First Nation as we move forward with drafting our new Lands Act.

Supporting documents to read and understand before you vote on September 26, include:
Chapter 3 of KDFN’s Constitution, which lays out Beneficiaries’ rights;
2010 Settlement Land Policy; and
● The Proposed Amended Beneficiary Settlement Land policy, OIC-2019-23 (Order in Council, formerly known as a Resolution), for you to review.

The information session will walk you through these documents, so don’t worry if you don’t understand them yet.


Can I participate?

Because of rights assured in KDFN’s Constitution, only Beneficiaries 18 years of age or older on the day of the Beneficiaries meeting are eligible to participate in the information session and meeting to vote on whether to hold a Beneficiaries referendum on the amended policy.

Unsure if you’re a Beneficiary? Double check how you’re enrolled in KDFN with our Citizenship Registrar, Honey-Starr Sidney. She can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 867-633-7800 ext. 131.


How can I participate?

● Review the information package and the amended Settlement Land policy
● Attend the information session on September 12, 2019
● Encourage other Beneficiaries to attend the Beneficiaries meeting
● Vote at the Beneficiaries meeting on September 26, 2019


What if I can’t make the meetings?

We still want to hear from you. Please contact the Referendum Coordinator, Jacqueline Shorty, with all your questions, comments and concerns. She can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 867-336-0106.


Who would oversee the referendum?

If Beneficiaries vote to hold a Beneficiaries referendum on the amended policy, a Chief Returning Officer and a Referendum Committee have been appointed by Council to oversee the process:

● Lois Moorcroft, Chief Returning Officer
● Wynette Dawson, Committee Member
● Kynan McIntyre, Committee Member
● Kirk Cameron, Committee Member