Crown mineral rights being transferred to Ocean Man First Nation

Ocean Man First Nation will receive 156 acres of Crown mineral rights, once it attains reserve status.

Minister Responsible for First Nations, Metis, and Northern Affairs Don McMorris says these transfers support the growth of First Nations communities as well as ongoing economic reconciliation between governments and First Nations.

The provincial government notes in a news release “this transfer abides by the terms of the Memorandum of Agreement for the Facilitation of the Implementation of Specific Claims Settlements, signed by the Governments of Saskatchewan and Canada on March 31, 2000.”

To transfer mineral rights, First Nations need to submit a written request to the Saskatchewan government of Crown minerals for selection.

Both sides then negotiate the purchase price for the minerals, with all sales requiring consent from any existing Crown mineral rights holder.

Once all the conditions are met, Crown minerals are then transferred to the Canadian government through a Mineral Order in Council, which takes effect upon reserve creation.

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