Land Designation at a Glance
The Blood Tribe will be seeking permission from the community members to set aside lands for existing and future development in the form of a Land Designation. If approved by a referendum vote this would allow the lands to be leased for residential, commercial, institutional, educational, recreational and/or industrial purposes.
WHAT IS A DESIGNATION?
When a First Nation wants to lease out reserve land, the Indian Act requires the land to be designated for leasing. A designation identifies an area of land for a certain use or purpose (i.e. leasing) and for a certain period.
Designating reserve lands allows people or companies that operate commercial or industrial ventures to lease a parcel of reserve land on which to locate their business. The Tribe would receive rent from these people and companies which would increase the Tribe’s revenue and employment opportunities.
A DESIGNATION NEEDS TO INCLUDE THESE IMPORTANT POINTS:
WHEN LAND IS DESIGNATED, DOES IT LOSE RESERVE STATUS?
No, Designated Lands do NOT lose reserve status, tax exempt status remains and Tribal bylaws apply. Once the term ends the lands revert back to the Tribe.
PROPOSED DESIGNATION LOCATIONS
Land Designation allows for the possibility of different types of businesses by having lands ready to lease (zoned) for economic opportunities as they arise which will increase our economic development potential.
The Chief and Council will ask the membership if they agree to the proposed designation. This requires a designation vote. The voting date has not been set. Informing the public and getting their consent is essential. The vote must pass by a "majority of a majority" of the electors. This means that a majority of the total electors must vote, and a majority of them must vote in favor of the designation for it to pass. If the majority votes against the designation, it will fail. If fewer than a majority of total electors vote, but a majority of those that do vote are in favor of the designation, then a second vote m