ARCHIVED - Engagement Sessions on the Division of Matrimonial Real Property on Reserves

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Between October 2006 and January 2007, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and the Native Women's Association of Canada worked in partnership to conduct a national consultation process on the issue of matrimonial real property on reserves.

Matrimonial real property generally refers to assets owned by one or both spouses, such as a house and the land on which it sits. Due to a legislative gap, First Nations people living on reserves have lacked the matrimonial real property rights and protections other Canadians have during a relationship, or when a relationship ends due to separation, divorce or death.


Dialogue and engagement sessions were held with First Nation individuals and leaders, Aboriginal women's organizations, other interested organizations and representatives from the provinces and territories. AANDC's special Ministerial Representative (Wendy Grant John) also held sessions with key stakeholders to help build consensus on solutions.

A final report by the Ministerial Representative includes findings from the consultations and recommendations for action. This report helped shape the proposed legislation called the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act.



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