I am very much in favour of these new properties. As it stands now all Aborignal reserve land is held in trust by the Crown. Property rights should be given to Aborignals on reserves. This is not being forced on anyone. It is up to Native Band Councils to decide. I appreciate Rob Clark's bill as well. Ultimately we must get rid of the lpaternalistic Indian Act. Unfortunately some Aborignal leaders seem afraid to take on the responsibilities of adulthood.
The Conservative government will introduce legislation that would allow first nations members living on reserve to own their property, a radical change that aims to spur economic development in native communities that choose to embrace the new law.
It’s all part of an ambitious Conservative agenda to bring fundamental changes to relations between Ottawa and the first nations – on property rights, on matrimonial rights, on financial transparency and on education.