Silver Spring, US: International Land Systems (ILS) signed a contract to develop a new cadastral and registry information system for the Nisga’a Nation in Canada’s British Columbia province. The project will be administered by the Land Title Office of the Nisga’a Lisims Government.
The project will implement an integrated title registry and cadastre system that seamlessly links all interests and charges for all real property with clearly identified and registered spatial information.
Based on the modern version of the Torrens form of title registration system, the present Nisga’a registry system was developed as a result of the 1999 Nisga’a Final Agreement that was signed by the Nisga’a Nation, Canada, and the Province of British Columbia.
The Nisga’a Nation became the first indigenous community in Canada to enter into a modern treaty and implement a land registration system.
In the past, Nisga’a citizens were given an entitlement interest in land that could not be used as collateral to access credit through financial loans. The issuance of fee simple title – denoting private property rights – will address this issue while seeking to facilitate economic development for the Nisga’a people.
ILS’ approach will make use of ILS’ MultiCadastre software to manage, edit and analyse cadastral data as well as ILS’ LRS software to organise land title transactions integrated with the cadastre information.