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Overview of Legal Matters to be Considered in the Development of Reserve Lands

This paper provides a brief overview of the legal matters to be considered in connection with a for-market development of First Nation reserve lands. The reader should be aware that for-market development of reserve lands involves many complex legal matters, the number and complexity of which may vary significantly between developments, depending on a wide range of variables. For each legal matter discussed below there are exceptions that may or may not be applicable to a particular development. This overview is intended to highlight the main legal matters affecting development on reserve lands and their most common characteristics. This overview is not intended to be an exhaustive consideration of all the legal matters that may arise in a development of reserve lands, which may only be ascertainable as the development proceeds.