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Notice to Canada Land Surveyors - Notice 2011-3

Publication of a new Chapter providing Guidelines for the preparation of Legal Description Reports for the Individual First Nation Agreement under the First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA)

I am pleased to announce the publication of Chapter D17 - First Nations Land Management Land Description for the General Instructions for Surveys of Canada Lands, e-Edition. This new Chapter is effective September 19, 2011.

Chapter D17 has been divided into three sections: Introduction, Procedures and Legal Description Report Specifications.

The 'Introduction' section provides a brief overview of some of the responsibilities that Natural Resources Canada, Surveyor General Branch (SGB) has in First Nations Land Management (FNLM).

The 'Procedures' section gives an overview of steps involved in preparing the Legal Description Report, including: determining the scope of the work, project requirements and final review by SGB.

The 'Legal Description Report Specifications' section provides guidelines and instructions for compilation of the Legal Description Report, which includes the creation of the legal description, the accompanying administrative sketches and Land Management Transfer plans, research documentation and the analysis of the documentation.

It is expected that the Legal Description Report will find its way into many different divisions within government and various private sector stakeholders and their advisors, therefore consistency in the format of each report is required.

Chapter D17 - First Nations Land Management Land Description.

Copy - original signed by

Peter Sullivan
Surveyor General and Director,
Surveyor General Branch,
Natural Resources Canada
Edmonton, Alberta
September 9, 2011