Matrimonial Real Property Law

Contact Info
Nuala Robinson
Matrimonial Real Property Law Coordinator
Tel: 519-534-1689
Cell: 519-379-8414
Fax: 519-534-2130
mrpcoordinator@nawash.ca

Mailing Address
Chippewas of Nawash Band Office
135 Lakeshore Blvd.
Neyaashiinigmiing, ON
N0H 2T0

MRP Committee Members
Cllr. Randa Keeshig
Cllr. Kathy Jones
Shelley Cornelius
Tina Hill
Teena Millette
Gail Nadjiwon
Jonathan Pedoniquott

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Thank you!

On behalf of the Matrimonial Real Property Committee, I would like to thank everyone who helped out by filling out and returning the MRP surveys. One consistent concern was worry over non-members possibly being given the right to own or hold property on the reserve.  I want to assure you that this cannot be the […]

MRP Survey Invites Community Participation (Update – Survey is now closed)

Jun 20, 2022 Thank you for your participation. The surveys are now closed. Jun 3, 2021 Under provincial law, spouses are granted specific rights of ownership and occupation in the matrimonial home. While all Canadian provinces have approximately parallel matrimonial real property (MRP) laws, there existed a legal grey area with respect to MRP on […]

Second MRP Info Date Added

The MRP Committee recently sent survey packages about our proposed MRP Law to all members, both on and off reserve. It’s an important issue and we know that you may have questions. We’re here to help. We’ve added a second date for members to participate virtually in the development of our MRP Law. We’re using […]

Upcoming Events

August 11th, 2022: Committee Meeting with Chief and Council.

MRP FAQ

The current provisional law is the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. There is nothing wrong with it, but each band has the right to replace the provisional rules with their own Matrimonial Real Property Law which is more specific to the individual band’s traditional laws, customs, practices, and policies.
Real Property refers to immovable property. The most common example is the family home and the land it is situated on. Real Property also includes other matrimonial interests or rights that were acquired during the relationship or in specific contemplation of the relationship, or those real property items which appreciated in value during the relationship.
No. The reserve lands are protected for First Nations members. A non-member cannot ever hold an reserve land.
The moveable items like bank accounts, household goods, vehicles, and other personal property are not considered to be real property. These items would be dealt with separately as part of a divorce or separation, or even as part of an estate through a will.
The MRP law would only cover those properties actually located on the reserve. Other properties would be dealt with separately as part of a divorce or separation, or as part of an estate through a will.
It is important that the best interests of children are protected so that they can maintain connection with their First Nation. Courts are bound to consider the First Nation’s views regarding the cultural, social, and legal interests.
An MRP law allows the First Nation to exercise jurisdiction over land and some family law matters on the reserve. It protects the interests of children as a priority, and helps in resolving some property disputes through community-based solutions. It can also help prevent further conflict from arising.
The term “spouse” or “common-law partner” refers to any married or common-law couple, whether both are members or only one is a member. The law applies equally in all cases.
Call or reach out to Nuala Robinson, MRP Coordinator located at the Band office. Your answers are not carved in stone and you can work with Nuala to ensure that the answers you give truly reflect your feelings.