Seven Ontario First Nations settle $1.1 billion Williams Treaty

By Lynda Powless Editor Ninety-five years after the Williams Treaties were sign seven Ontario First Nations will be receiving $1.1 billion in a historic settlement with the federal and Ontario governments. The federal government announced Thursday, (Sept 14) that it had reached an out of court agreement with seven First Nations ending a 26 year court battle and millions of dollars in court costs over the terms, interpretation and implementation of the 1923 Williams Treaties. The Williams Treaties purported to claim the Chippewa and Mississauga peoples surrendered their land for a lump sum of money and gave up their hunting, fishing and harvesting rights outside their reserves. “After years of litigation and repeated attempts at negotiations, I am extremely proud that the negotiations team has successfully resolved our longstanding battle for constitutionally…

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