Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property

“Wendy Grant-John, a former Musqueam chief, said the creation of the Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property is critical because it addresses the need for 'capacity building' among First Nations.”

-Kim Pemberton, Reporter: Source Law extends matrimonial rights to those living on reserves
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The first part of the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act came into force on December 16, 2013. The Act provides basic rights and protections to individuals on reserves during the relationship, in the event of a relationship breakdown, and on the death of a spouse or common-law partner regarding the family home and other matrimonial interests or rights. The legislation sets out provisions for the enactment of First Nation laws respecting on-reserve matrimonial real property, as well as provisional federal rules to fill the legislative gap which will come into force on December 16, 2014.

The Government established the Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property to assist with the implementation of the Family Homes on Reserves or Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. The Centre of Excellence will operate at arm's length from the Government of Canada to support First Nations in developing their own matrimonial real property laws, effectively implement the provisional federal rules once in force, and provide assistance with creating alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. The Centre will focus on disseminating knowledge to First Nation individuals, communities and organizations to assist them in understanding and implementing the legislation. The Centre will not provide legal advice or opinions.

The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development selected the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA), to host the Centre of Excellence through a call for proposals process which ended April 2, 2013. The National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association's extensive experience and connection to reserve land issues makes the organization the ideal host to support First Nations in implementing the matrimonial real property legislation.

The National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association is a national organization of Land Managers committed to the enhancement of professional development and technical expertise in functions of land management and to providing First Nations the support and assistance to develop fair and transparent processes that incorporate traditional values, and modern practices.

The Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property became operational on November 20, 2013. For more information, please contact:

Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property
c/o NALMA Head Office
1024 Mississauga Street
Curve Lake, ON  K0L 1R0

Telephone:
Toll-Free: 1-855-657-9992
705-657-9992
Fax: 705-657-2999
E-mail: info@coemrp.ca
Website: www.coemrp.ca

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