First Nations win case over $4 benefit from Ontario, federal governments

By Alanna Rizza THE CANADIAN PRESS SUDBURY, Ont.- The provincial and federal governments have been short-changing First Nations in Ontario for more than a century, a superior court judge ruled last week as she ordered long-stagnant annual payments be raised. The court found that the Crown has “a mandatory and reviewable obligation’’ to increase the annuity under the Robinson-Huron Treaty, which was signed in 1850. Justice Patricia Hennessy wrote that it’s the Crown’s duty to fulfil the treaty’s promise to increase the payments over time. “The Treaties were not meant to be the last word on the relationship,’’ she wrote. “Renewal of the relationship was necessary to ensure that both parties could continue to thrive in changing environments.’’ Hennessy did not say how much the payments should be, noting that…

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