Managing On-Reserve Estates

Presenting Organization
National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association - Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property

Managing on-reserve estates is a complex process. It requires that specific tasks be completed by an estate administrator who, in many cases, has never performed these tasks before. It is likely that they will seek the support of a First Nation technician. While sections 42-50 of the Indian Act set out specific provisions for the descent of property, the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act (FHRMIRA) introduces additional considerations respecting matrimonial real property. Understanding the estate administration process, together with the rights, protections and choices available to survivors under FHRMIRA, allows a First Nation technician the ability to confidently provide guidance, information, and support to members and survivors.

What Participants will Learn by Attending
This course will provide an understanding of the legislation pertaining to First Nation estates, INAC’s role in estate administration, and a general understanding of the process of managing an on-reserve estate. In addition, this course will explore the rights and remedies available to a spouse or common-law partner under the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act, and their potential impact on the management of the estate.

Kathy McCue – MRP Specialist East

Presenter Biography
Kathy McCue is a member of the Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario. Kathy has over 30 years’ experience in various aspects of First Nation administration and governance. As the MRP Specialist East for the COEMRP, she maintains a strong commitment to community development and enjoys the opportunity to provide technical support that improves capacity and furthers the objectives of First Nation communities.