Eric Groulx is a Quebec Land Surveyor and Canada Lands Surveyor. He graduated from Laval University in Quebec City in 1994. In 1997, he joined the Surveyor General Branch in Ottawa. In 2000 he moved to the Quebec regional office for which, he was promoted to Manager in 2006. And for the past 3 years, he has been the assistant director – East. He was involved in many projects with regards to improving cadastral fabric on First Nation lands and today he will share his experiences and views about it.
Preparing and aligning legal surveys with existing or future interests, on Indigenous lands is increasingly important for an effective property rights system. The Survey System needs to provide for an organized and consistent identification in the way that a parcel of land is subdivided, described, and located. In turn the Land Registry System needs to utilize the most current survey information with regard to the documents in the registry.
It is crucial to consider existing and proposed property rights and the land management system of that First Nation, to ensure the survey solution is appropriate. Re-establishing an effective connection between surveys and interests on First Nation lands has proven to be challenging but rewarding for all those involved.