CHAMPAGNE & AISHIHIK FIRST NATIONS LAND APPLICATION AND REVIEW PROCESS
- This form is used to apply for land administered by the Champagne & Aishihik First Nations Government.
- In most cases you must be 18 years of age and a Yukon Resident to apply for CAFN land. The exception is traditional use and cabin allocations, for which CAFN citizens who are non-Yukon residents may apply.
- A CAFN land application may be submitted for: traditional use, cabins, residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and grazing purposes. Only CAFN citizens who are beneficiaries may apply for traditional use and cabin purposes.
- Allocations are granted for traditional use, cabins, and residential parcels. Leases are granted for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural parcels. Leases will be granted for financing purposes or where a non-CAFN citizen is the applicant. Leases have a termination date, whereas allocations do not.
- Allocations (except traditional use) and leases will have building and/or other development requirements imposed with time limits.
- CAFN land cannot be sold at any time.
How do I apply for and obtain CAFN Land?
- We encourage applicants to first contact CAFN Lands to ensure their eligibility and that the land applied for is CAFN land, that their plan is consistent with the Lands Policy, and to determine what background information may be required.
- Obtain a land application form from the CAFN office in Haines Junction or Whitehorse. You should allow several months (three to six) from the time you submit your application until final approval.
- Please take the time to fill out the entire application as thoroughly as you can, as this can make your application process go more smoothly.
- Include with your application a map of the location, as well as a sketch of the parcel with the planned building(s) and other developments on it.
- Do a site visit and flag the area out that you are applying for. This is to ensure the proper site is looked at when CAFN conducts its site visit.
- You are encouraged to discuss your plans with neighbours, adjacent land users, the trapline concession holder, and anyone else that may be affected by your application. Including letters of support with your application can be helpful.
- Once you have filled out the application deliver or send it to CAFN Lands in Haines Junction or Whitehorse. Lands staff can answer any questions you may have and may ask you questions about the application.
- If you are granted a parcel of land, it will be recorded in the CAFN land registry and an allocation or lease document will be issued to you.
- If you plan on home ownership in connection with a residential application, please contact the CAFN Property Services Department for a home ownership application.
Land Application: General Information
Land Use Planning & Zoning
What are your plans for the following services?
Fish & Wildlife
Additional Information Required
(The following information must be submitted with all applications)
topographical map of area (1:50,000 or approximate scale)
- north arrow
- distances and measurements if sketch is not to scale
- adjacent lands and lot numbers
- name of community (if applicable)
- roads, trails, pathways located on or near the site
- water bodies adjacent to site
- existing accesses, improvements and utilities on or near the site
- planned developments, including proposed road layout, parking, buildings and other
structures, utilities (electricity, water, sewer, etc.)
- Locations of any flagging you have put up to mark the site
For commercial/industrial/agricultural applications
- proposed developments, substantiating the need for the land requested
- relevant business experience
- justification or need for the product or service being planned
- anticipated time frame of operations (seasonal, year-round, etc.)
- timelines or phasing of stages of development & operation
- any other drawings, photographs, brochures, reports or information that support the proposed venture
- personal or corporate written endorsements or support for your proposal
- soil assessment for agricultural development
Note: business plans and other relevant information will be used for review by the Lands Committee, but will be kept confidential. If you need further assistance in your venture, please contact the CAFN Economic Development manager at 456-6880 in Whitehorse.
Other information, assessments or approvals that may be required:
Depending on the nature, magnitude or location of an application, an applicant may be required to undertake further studies or assessments. These may include heritage assessments, fisheries studies, geotechnical investigations, further public consultation, etc. Additional approvals may be required from other agencies, such as highway access permits, septic system approval, etc.)
Suggested Additional Information
Submission of photographs of the site applied for is highly encouraged.
It is in the applicant’s interest to fully explain their proposal and how they will minimize these conflicts, and to seek acceptance and support from potential affected persons. Failure to do this initially may result in delays in processing the application. Where it is reasonable to expect that an application may affect citizens’ use and enjoyment of the area, the Lands Committee may defer the application and directly contact, or have the applicant contact, any affected parties. The Lands Department will, as part of the review process, forward a copy of your application to adjacent or nearby land users.
Attendance at the CAFN Lands Committee Meeting
Your application will be reviewed at a CAFN Lands Committee, which you may attend if you wish to speak to your application and answer any questions that may be raised by Committee members. You also may provide any other information in support of your proposal. Any intervener on your application also has the opportunity to attend the Land Committee Meeting to present their comments.
The Committee will make a recommendation in-camera. There is an appeal period for the applicant or any affected person to appeal the Lands Committee recommendation. If there are no (successful) appeals, the recommendation is forwarded to Chief & Council for final approval.
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