The Membership of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek approve its proposed Matrimonial Real Property Law through a successful ratification vote.
On August 8th 2015, the Members of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek cast their ballots in a Ratification Vote on the proposed Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) Law. With an overwhelming majority of 72 to 1 in favour, the Community will now enforce its own MRP Law on-reserve, and opt out of the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act (Act), which was put into effect in December 2013 by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
The Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Matrimonial Real Property Law was developed through a Committee driven process which involved three (3) Community Members and two (2) affiliate members, and was brought to the Community for regular consultation. BNA is one of ten Communities in Ontario to enact its own MRP Law, and is one step closer to total self-governance as a result.
“This vote shows the support that the Membership of BNA has for the BNA MRP Law”, said Chief Laura Airns following the vote count. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming participation of the membership. BNA Members will now have the opportunity to amend, and improve the Matrimonial Real Property Laws on-reserve”.
About Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek: BNA, also known as Sand Point First Nation, is a community of nearly 250 members. The First Nation is located on the southeast shores of Lake Nipigon. BNA just recently had its land returned to them in April 2010 following years of displacement at the hands of the Provincial and Federal governments. The Community adopted its own Land Code under the First Nations Land Management Act on March 30th 2013. The Community and its leadership are now forging ahead with major economic development initiatives, and re-establishing the Community for the eventual return of the membership to their homeland.