RESERVES are areas of land allocated for the exclusive use of FIRST NATIONS and held in trust for them by the federal government. Bands (nations) are the primary unit of administration under the federal Indian Act and are usually associated with one or more reserves, though some bands have no reserves. There are 198 bands in BC and 1,700 reserves amounting to 4,734.85 sq km or about .4% of the province's total land area. They range in size from less than 1 ha to more than 180 sq km. Only about...

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