Additions to Reserve: Reserve Creations

Presenting organizations:

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Working together to make Canada a better place for Aboriginal and northern people and communities.

National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association

The National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) is a technical organization dedicated to raising professional standards in First Nations Lands Management.

Session length 3 hours


This workshop will provide an overview of the new 2016 Additions to Reserve / Reserve Creation (ATR) Policy Directive and basic technical training on the ATR process, including how to initiate and process an ATR in the timeliest manner. There will be an introduction to NALMA’s Additions to Reserve Toolkit. The workshop will also include time for questions and answers.

What Participants will learn by attending

  • Information on the key requirements in the new 2016 ATR policy directive and process
  • Step-by-step training to initiate and implement an ATR
  • Hints and tips to help expedite the ATR process
  • Case studies/examples of ATRs completed successfully


Leona Irons, Executive Director, National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association

(705) 657-7660

Bradley Evers, Acting ATR Project Manager, INAC


Theresa Marion, Acting Senior Socio-Economic Program Officer, INAC


Presenter Biographies

Leona Irons has been the Executive Director for the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) since its inception. She has over 30 years’ experience in First Nation lands management. As NALMA Executive Director, she participated on the Assembly of First Nations/INAC ATR Joint Working group. The Joint Working Group was responsible for the current ATR & RC policy renovation. Leona was instrumental in arranging for NALMA’s development of an ATR Toolkit, which has been used in the training of more than 150 First Nations across Canada.

Bradley Evers and Theresa Marion have worked in the Lands Directorate at INAC BC Region for several years and have been involved in and completed many complex Additions to Reserve. Bradley Evers has also been BC Region’s representative in dealing with policy and process issues related to ATRs both regionally and nationally, and has participated in many workshops and working groups on the subject.