Land Title

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After implementing the treaty, federal land title and registry laws will not apply to NStQ Treaty Settlement Lands. Provincial land title and registry laws will also not apply to NStQ Treaty Settlement Lands, unless NStQ applies to the province for registration of “indefeasible title” for specific sections of land. Indefeasible means the title cannot be altered or voided under any circumstance.

NStQ may wish to register lands with BC if it decides to sell lands to non-NStQ individuals. If NStQ does apply to the province and provides an accurate legal description of the property, BC will register the indefeasible title. BC will also cancel a registration of indefeasible title upon NStQ’s application.

Where NStQ has chosen to register a parcel under the BC land title system, no NStQ law about land title or land title registration will apply to that parcel, until NStQ gets BC to cancel the registration under the BC system.

If NStQ chooses to use the BC land title and registry system, it will have to follow the rules set out under that system. If NStQ does not choose to use the BC land title and registry system, it will have to establish its own.

NStQ reserve lands are currently registered under the federal land title system but after treaty, Canada will have no role in land title registration on Treaty Settlement Lands.