Government Commitments: Treaties and Land Claims

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July 14, 2024

Canada to formally apologize to 9 Dakota, Lakota Nations for historic designation as refugees

Several generations ‘endured a lifetime of living with this label,’ Sioux Valley Dakota Nation chief says CBC News: The federal government is set to formally apologize to Dakota and Lakota Nations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan on Monday for historically recognizing them as refugees, a label that one chief says turned them into “second-class First Nation citizens.” Minister...

June 24, 2024

Proposed treaty would give Kitselas First Nation self-governance

If members vote yes on treaty next spring, First Nation will become self-governing CBC Indigenous: The chief of the Kitselas First Nation has initialled a treaty with the governments of Canada and British Columbia, marking the end of decades-long negotiations to achieve self-governance.   The treaty — which, according to the Kitselas Treaty Information Source website,...

June 16, 2024

Bearspaw First Nation signs historic funding agreement with Canada

“Before this, we only had one recognized comprehensive funding agreement for the three First Nations [Goodstoney, Chiniki and Bearspaw]. The issue has been that Canada was getting away with a three-for-one deal funding us.” Bearspaw First Nation Chief Darcy Dixon greets an elder during the inauguration of the First Nation’s chief and council at the...

April 4, 2024

Federal government reaches $7M settlement with B.C. First Nation

First Peoples Law Report: City News, The Canadian Press – CRANBROOK, B.C. — The federal government and a British Columbia First Nation have reached a $7-million settlement over a lumber grievance that dates back to 1942.  Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree and ?aqam Chief Joe Pierre Jr. announced the settlement Thursday, where Canada will pay...

January 27, 2024

Snuneymuxw land agreement will see 80 hectares returned to Vancouver Island First Nation

Click on the following link to view the video: First Peoples Law Report: CHEK News – The stroke of a pen may never have held as much significance for the Snuneymuxw First Nation as it did Saturday when Chief Michael Wyse and Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Gary Anandasangaree signed an agreement that returns 80.09...

January 11, 2024

Snuneymuxw and B.C. land transfer fosters economic development

NationTalk: SNUNEYMUXW TERRITORY (NANAIMO) – Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Province are taking a major step in their shared reconciliation journey with a completed transfer of 212 hectares of land on Te’tuxwtun, known as Mount Benson East. This is the first step in the implementation of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and British Columbia Land Transfer...

January 11, 2024

Robinson Huron Nations sign Treaty settlement agreement

The annuities case settlement, announced in June, has now been signed by all the First Nations — next stop, signatures from Ontario and Canada NationTalk: – Further down the path to the settlement for each member, the Robinson Huron Treaty signatory nations have now signed the settlement agreement. Next to sign will be Ontario,...

November 10, 2023

Leq’á:mel First Nation and Government of Canada reach agreement to right historic wrong

First Nations Law Report: – Yahoo!Finance (CNW Group) – LEQ’Á:MEL FIRST NATION, DEROCHE, BC – Today, Chief Alice Thompson, Leq’á:mel First Nation, and the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that the First Nation and the Government of Canada have reached a settlement of the Leq’á:mel First Nation’s Klatwaas Colonial Reserve Reduction Specific Claim. Minister Anandasangaree will be joining Chief Thompson in...

November 2, 2023

Quebec judge rules Kanien’kehá:ka have treaty rights to trade tobacco

Ruling called a ‘landmark decision’ and ‘extremely helpful’ for Indigenous people asserting treaty rights CBC Indigenous: A Quebec Superior Court judge ordered a stay of proceedings on charges related to tobacco trade against two Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) men on Wednesday, citing treaty rights. Derek White and Hunter Montour, both from Kahnawà:ke, south of Montreal, were granted a permanent stay...

November 1, 2023

Pine Creek First Nation reaches $200 million treaty settlement

Author of the article: Dave Baxter Local Journalism Initiative reporter First Peoples Law Report: The Winnipeg Sun – A Manitoba First Nation may soon see a massive financial windfall that would see the community receive more than $200,000,000 from the federal government, and every band member receive a $30,000 payout, because of a promise made...

July 3, 2023

Walpole Island closing in on $46M land claim settlement

Author of the article:Ellwood ShrevePublished Jul 03, 2023  •  2 minute readJoin the conversation NationTalk: Chatham Daily News – The end may be in sight to a Southwestern Ontario First Nation’s land claim against the federal government that dates back nearly 200 years. The Walpole Island First Nation, located along Lake St. Clair between Chatham-Kent and Sarnia,...

June 22, 2023

Flying Dust First Nation to get land back from Canadian government after 91 years

85 hectares northeast of Meadow Lake expropriated in 1932 to make room for railway company CBC News: After more than 90 years, Flying Dust First Nation in northwestern Saskatchewan is getting some of its land back from the Canadian government. Meadow Lake RCMP hosted a ceremony Wednesday morning, on Indigenous Peoples Day, to commemorate the...

June 19, 2023

Robinson Huron citizens offered long-overdue payment

By Maurice Switzer NationTalk: – ROBINSON HURON TERRITORY— How does one feel when someone pays a long overdue debt? Pleased? Relieved? Angry that it took so long? First Nations citizens of the 21 Robinson Huron Treaty communities are experiencing a range of emotions after the announcement that Canada and Ontario have agreed to pay...

June 17, 2023

‘Canada has a lot of unpaid bills’: $10B settlement reached in landmark First Nation treaty case

Community consultations, government approvals needed to finalize annuities deal CBC News: It took more than a decade of litigation, but 21 Anishinaabe communities along the north shore of Lake Huron in Ontario will finally access a fair share of the wealth generated on their lands over the past 173 years. The Robinson-Huron Treaty signed in...

January 27, 2023

B.C. transfers land back to Lake Babine Nation, benefits the region

NationTalk: BURNS LAKE – The Province and Lake Babine Nation are taking the next step in the journey to recognize and implement the Nation’s rights and title through the signing of a new land transfer agreement. The agreement will enable Lake Babine Nation to take back control of 20,000 hectares of waterfront and prime forestry...

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