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Public review of draft new National Standard of Canada for Indigenous land registries

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  • Public review
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Gatineau, Quebec, May 2018—Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) announces the first public review period for the draft new National Standard of Canada CAN/CGSB-206.1—Indigenous land registries: Land registry operations standard.


Land registration systems provide information to the public on what interests in land may exist related to a particular parcel of land.

The reserve land base in Canada is increasing, and over 600 First Nations with over 3.5 million hectares of land are currently being served by several land registries and Canada. There are currently several acts and regulations that administer these registries.  Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNA) also has manuals and forms to assist the registries.  This standard is intended to complement be consistent with existing regulations, be referenced by regulation for a registry, and facilitate the harmonization with other registries.

This standard was written by a committee of technical experts in land registries under a consensus model from a variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds. The technical committee has consulted existing regulations, registries and community needs to develop this standard.

The standard can be used to set up a modify existing registry for Indigenous lands, so to provide greater scope in registering instruments, or to provide harmonization to other registries to link or coordinate information / processes.

The technical committee shall have the scope to develop standards that can provide best practices, harmonization, common nomenclature for the same parcel, procedural harmonization and recognition so registering duplicate / redundant information isn’t required. Provision could also be made for linking registries through IT systems. This may provide so that reviewing information in one registry can link to another to review other information. The standards will be about the process of registering information, and the systems to achieve this, not the validation of information.

If this standard is adopted for use by a registry, it should not only improve registry systems related to land on reserve, but it will also help to ensure uniformity in registration systems as these systems continue to evolve.

This standard is being developed with full consultation, input and knowledge from First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The Government of Canada is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. Consultation and engagement activities are a reflection of the government’s commitment to a whole-of-government approach to Nation-to-Nation and Inuit-to-Crown relationships. These activities help to develop better-informed and more effective policies and programs for Canadians.

Committee members

National Standards of Canada are produced from volunteer technical experts from a balance of stakeholder organizations. The following organizations are voting or non-voting members of the CGSBCommittee on Indigenous Land Registries. Organizations wishing to volunteer to be committee members can contact CGSB. Member names will be listed in the standard at publication.

General interest category

  • Natural Resources Canada
  • National Aboriginal Land Managers Association
  • Millar Thomson

Registry developer category

  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada—Indian Land Registry System
  • West Bank First Nation
  • Teranet
  • First Nations Tax Commission
  • Indian Oil and Gas Canada

Registry user category

  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Saskatchewan Region
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Quebec Region
  • First Nation Land Management Resource Centre
  • Kamloops First Nation
  • Nipissing First Nation
  • The Property Registry, Service Provider to Province of Manitoba

Secretary (non-member)

  • Canadian General Standards Board

Public review

The public review consultation period will occur between May 20 and August 20, 2018.

We invite the public to comment on all portions of the draft document. We accept comments in English, French or any Indigenous language in Canada. The draft standard is only available in English and French.

The comments must include the existing clause number, specific proposed wording change and the rational for the change. Changes may be submitted by a person, organization or anonymously. If you require any assistance, please contact the Canadian General Standards Board. The draft standard is available in English and French only.

All comments will become publicly available at the end of the review period.

Next steps

The technical committee will review all submitted changes and make changes to suggestions in a consensus process. Should substantial changes to the draft occur, a further consultation period will be proposed.

If you would like to receive future correspondence on the development of the draft, please submit your email and name, in accordance with privacy legislation of the Government of Canada.

Become a volunteer committee member

CGSB is also looking for volunteer committee members representing further interests within the Indigenous Land Registry stakeholder community, based on balance of the committee. Please contact the Canadian General Standards Board for more information at

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