Gwich’in Land Claim Settlement Act (S.C. 1992, c. 53)

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Gwich’in Land Claim Settlement Act

S.C. 1992, c. 53

Assented to 1992-12-17

An Act to approve, give effect to and declare valid the Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and the Gwich’in, as represented by the Gwich’in Tribal Council, and to amend an Act in consequence thereof

Preamble

WHEREAS the Gwich'in, from time immemorial, have traditionally used and occupied lands in Yukon and the Northwest Territories;

WHEREAS the Constitution Act, 1982 recognizes and affirms the existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada;

WHEREAS Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and the Gwich’in, as represented by the Gwich’in Tribal Council, have negotiated in order to achieve certainty and clarity of rights with respect to ownership and use of land and resources;

WHEREAS Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and the Gwich’in, as represented by the Gwich’in Tribal Council, on April 22, 1992, entered into a comprehensive land claims agreement that, in exchange for the release by the Gwich’in of certain rights and claims as set out in the Agreement, defines certain rights that the Gwich’in shall have, and confirms the treaty rights of the Gwich’in that are unaffected by that release;

WHEREAS the Agreement further provides that the Agreement will be a land claims agreement referred to in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and that approval by Parliament is a condition precedent to the validity of the Agreement;

NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

1992, c. 53, Preamble; 2002, c. 7, s. 175(E).

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Gwich’in Land Claim Settlement Act.

Interpretation

Definition of Agreement

 In this Act, Agreement means the Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and the Gwich’in, as represented by the Gwich’in Tribal Council, signed on April 22, 1992, tabled in the House of Commons for the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development on November 16, 1992, and includes amendments made from time to time pursuant to the Agreement.

Her Majesty

Marginal note:Binding on Her Majesty

 This Act is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province.

Agreement

Marginal note:Agreement
  •  (1) The Agreement is hereby approved, given effect and declared valid.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (2) For greater certainty, where the Agreement confers on any person or body a right, privilege, benefit or power, requires any person or body to perform a duty or subjects any person or body to a liability, that person or body may exercise the right, privilege, benefit or power, shall perform the duty or is subject to the liability to the extent provided for by the Agreement.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (3) For greater certainty, title to lands vests in the Gwich’in Tribal Council as set out in the Agreement.

Marginal note:Renewable Resources Board

 For the purposes of carrying out its objectives, the Renewable Resources Board established by the Agreement has the capacity, rights, powers and privileges of a natural person.

Marginal note:Orders and regulations

 The Governor in Council may make such orders and regulations as are necessary for the purpose of carrying out the Agreement or for giving effect to any of the provisions thereof.

Marginal note:Publication of Agreement and amendments

 The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development shall cause a certified copy of the Agreement and any amendments thereto to be deposited in

  • (a) the library of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development that is situated in the National Capital Region;

  • (b) the regional offices of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development that are situated in Yukon and the Northwest Territories;

  • (c) the legislative libraries of the Government of Yukon and the Government of the Northwest Territories; and

  • (d) such other places as the Minister deems necessary.

  • 1992, c. 53, s. 7;
  • 2002, c. 7, s. 176(E).

Other Laws

Marginal note:Inconsistency or conflict

 Where there is any inconsistency or conflict between this Act or the Agreement and the provisions of any law, this Act or the Agreement, as the case may be, prevails to the extent of the inconsistency or conflict.

 [Repealed, 2009, c. 23, s. 330]

Appropriation

Marginal note:Payments out of C.R.F.

 There shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund such sums as may be required to meet the monetary obligations of Canada under chapters 8 and 9 of the Agreement.

Consequential Amendment

 [Amendment]

Coming into Force

Marginal note:Coming into force

Footnote * This Act shall come into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.

 
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