The Land Registry is mandated by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. It is a system of maintaining a public land registry and regulates the attainment and exchange of land use in the Category I, II and III lands. Our land rights and interests are recognized under the Cree Naskapi Act, thus the Central and Local Land Registrar’s tasks are to register land and a lot or buildings on Category 1A Lands.
Three (3) grants of superficies and a commercial grant of Essence Blackned Gas have been registered into the Land Registry System in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
A New Land Registry System has been developed by INAC, which facilitates archival of deeds though a computerized system. Our department has received training for operation of this new system.
Natural Resources Canada updates the Community map every two (2) years and the latest map was up dated 2011. These maps are used for community planning and other community development use.
Civic Addressing: Each year new houses and buildings are being built and it is my duty to have each house issued a civic addresses. The Court House is address is 2 Kapatagan Street, the new Arena will be 17 Smokey Street, and the Airport’s new building shall remain the same which is 10 Chief Isaiah Road. Other new civic addresses are residential addresses.
Commercial lots: Four (4) lots have been surveyed for commercial use; which are Two (2) gas stations, the new arena, and the new chip stand.
Residential lots: The new phase for housing constructions has 52 lots and has now used 33 lots with only 19 lots remaining. This coming year we are expecting more lots to be surveyed that will be located on the new phase area. The Cree School Board was granted four (4) lots this past year for residential use. The Cree Board of Health and Social Services also requested a lot in the new phase and has been granted one (1) lot.
Our department is in contact with Hydro Quebec and Telebec when they require residential and street information. We also print maps for Tallymen when they need a map of their trapline and have created maps for the school and police. We regularly update the community map using AutoCAD. We also measure lots for tenants who build fences on their area and have assisted the landscape company Design Paysage who worked for the Cree School Board lots this past summer (2012).
Lastly, we are part of the zoning By-Law working group which is a group that involves a team to help with the implementation of the Zoning By-Law.
In conclusion, I would like to say that the Land Registry Department is advancing in technology and as the community grows, land registry will be essential to Community development in respecting the Cree Naskapi Act.