BFN Governance

Notice to Membership  -   Matrimonial Real Property
March 4, 2015

Band Members are hereby given notice on the following.

1.    On December 16, 2014 the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act came into law and contained two major provisions.
•    First, the Act applies to matrimonial real property disputes, protections, rights of people living on reserve.
•    Second, First Nations can develop and enact their own MRP law at any time or follow the Act’s Provisional Federal Rules.
2.    The Council of our Batchewana First Nation has made the decision that we will develop our own law on Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) through the involvement of band members and our own law-making process.  Law-making activities include learning about MRP, questions & discussion, giving concerns, examples, reviewing draft laws and the exercise of informed voting on a proposed law.

3    An MRP Committee has been established to oversee our law-making.  The Committee includes Council representatives, staff from particular departments and  six (6) band members.

4.    Band Members are invited to submit their names to serve on our MRP Committee.  These include: 2 elders, 2 youth and 2 from families.

5.    Band Members are invited to attend our BFN preliminary workshops which will provide information on the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015  at 5 to 8:00 pm  Batchawana Conference Centre
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 5 to 8:00 pm at Rankin Arena
Supper starts at 5:00 pm

What is matrimonial real property?  It can include the following: land held by one or both spouses or common-law partners and used by the family; such as, houses, sheds, mobile homes or other structures on that land. It does not include cars, money, clothing or televisions. Our own law-making will promote the best interests, protection, and well-being of all members and residents, regarding the use, division and distribution of matrimonial real property.

Get involved in our law-making activities. Learn about matrimonial real property.

Please submit your name in writing to serve on the MRP Committee to BFN Office Receptionist. Band members are also, encouraged to register for a Workshop by giving your name to the Receptionist. Miigwetch.

Please submit all comments or questions to Alexandra Syrette, BFN Communications Coordinator via email:


Batchewana First Nation community members, citizens, and supporters your presence is requested at the BFN Gargantua trial taking place on March 24, 2015 at the Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse (426 Queen St. E. Sault Ste. Marie, ON).

This trial is the Ontario Governments attempt to revoke our First Nations rights to access our lands and exercise our inherent & traditional rights over those lands.

Your presence will provide a visual display of support towards the First Nation as a whole, as well as each and every Anishinaabes individual inherent rights. Your presence will also help to ensure witnesses to the inadequacies of Canadas justice system towards First Nations.

Traditional elements would be greatly appreciated!!

For more information please contact Alexandra Syrette, BFN Communications Coordinator at (705)759-0914 ext. 247 or Email at
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