Lands Branch


Our Mandate

The Lands Branch will take its mandate from the Lands and Resources Act.

View on Lake Laberge

Our Services

The Lands Branch provides a wide range of administrative and spatial decision support services to the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and Ta’an Kwäch’än citizens. Our expertise lies in land and resources, spatial analysis and modelling, protected area strategies, land use planning, land and water management planning, non-renewable management planning and land tenure allocations. Our services include

  • Open and accountable decision-making
  • Sustainable development—working with the government branches of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and withTa’an Kwäch’än citizens to understand land and resource values and opportunities
  • Land policies, settlement land use and sustainable resource management plans
  • Managing and providing information pertaining to the natural resource sector
  • Reviewing and monitoring land use applications in the traditional territory of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and on its settlement lands
The Settlement Lands of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council

Pursuant to the Final Agreement, the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council has retained

  • 5 rural blocks for a total of 368 sq km Category “A” settlement lands
  • 17 rural blocks for a total of 388 sq km Category “B” settlement lands
  • 105 rural site specific selections for a total of 5 sq km
  • 47 community site specific selections for a total of 20 sq km
  • a total of 785 sq km settlement lands
  • 1.3 sq km Lake Laberge Indian Reserve No. 1 with specific provisions outlined in section 29, Retained Reserves, of the the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council Self-Government Agreement
  • all settlement lands located in 12,079 sq km of Ta’an Kwäch’än Council traditional territory
  • (note: all area units above are rounded off)

Yukon_River_webOn Category “A” settlement land the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council owns both the surface and sub-surface resources. On Fee Simple and Category “B” settlement lands  the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council owns the surface but not the sub-surface resources. The Ta’an Kwäch’än Council has retained its aboriginal rights and title on settlement lands to the extent that they are consistent with the Final Agreement, and ceded, released and surrendered its aboriginal claims, rights, title and interests on non-settlement lands only. Under Part III, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council Legislation, of the Self-Government Agreement, section 13.3 specifically sets out the powers of the to enact laws of a local or private nature on settlement lands and, under section 14, in regard to taxation.

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