The research group generally deals with legal title and mineral title verification of Indian reserve lands, including review of reserve boundaries and acreage.
Specific duties of the research group include:
- verifying the legal title and status of minerals for surrendered and designated Indian reserve lands prior to disposition
- verifying legal title and acreage leased by all parties (this may entail review of title for non-reserve lands) to determine the First Nation interest for pooling purposes and to ensure the production spacing unit is complete
- providing the mineral title status of Indian reserve or former Indian reserve land for the purposes of monitoring activity, land claims and litigation