01/23/2012 09:53 EST | Updated 03/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Two Ontario First Nations en route to gaining more control over their land

OTTAWA - The federal government says two Ontario First Nations will soon begin the process of opting out of some land-related sections of the Indian Act.

Treasury Board President Tony Clement says the move will give the First Nations greater control over their reserve land and resources.

Chief Paul Gladu of the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek in northwestern Ontario says his First Nation is pleased to be a new signatory to the agreement.

Gladu says it will assist the First Nation in establishing and nurturing partnerships with industry, governments and municipalities.

The other First Nation is the Beausoleil First Nation, located in Simcoe County on southern Georgian Bay.