Establishing modern day land boundaries in Nitinat Lake area

J.E. Anderson & Associates was selected for a large Canada Lands Survey project in the Nitinat Lake area, located on the remote south-western coast of Vancouver Island, this past summer.

These projects were contracted by the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre on behalf of the Ditidaht First Nation.

Establishing modern day land boundaries in Nitinat Lake area

The purpose of the survey project was to prepare jurisdictional boundary surveys to support a legal description of lands being transferred to the Ditidaht First Nation’s administration and pursuant to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. This process gives the First Nation complete control of their lands, removing them from the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada and the Indian Act.

The vast size of this project required field crews from the Nanaimo, Parksville and Campbell River offices of JEA to perform the field surveys under the direction of Colin Burridge, a Canada Lands Surveyor. The remote nature of the project meant the survey teams used kayaks and canoes to access some of the sites and even camped out in some cases. The four different Indian Reserves were initially surveyed well over a century ago, in 1892, and significant field work was involved to determine their present day boundaries.

All members of JEA’s project team worked safely and diligently to complete the project. J.E. Anderson prides itself on maintaining good working relationships with all its clients and interested parties. In this case, we maintained a good working relationship with the Ditidaht First Nation during every step of the project through strong communication. Burridge met with the Ditidaht Lands Manager at the end of the project and he was very pleased with the work we had done for them in re-establishing their reserve boundaries.

“It was rewarding receiving that acknowledgement and appreciation of our hard work,” said Burridge from J.E. Anderson’s Campbell River office.