Walpole Island preparing to vote on land claim settlement

By Blake Ellis  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter It has been a long time in coming. It has been well over 150 years since the Crown sold the 400 acres in Enniskillen Township set aside for the First Nations people of Walpole Island, Aanjiwnaang and Kettle and Stony Point. Walpole Island First Nation is the only one which hasn’t settled the land claim with the federal government. An announcement was made in February, the proposed settlement is $46 million. Since then, Walpole First Nation has been preparing for a ratification vote. The first step is to inform its members about the proposed settlement. An Information session was set up for July 19, but had to be rescheduled out of respect for a funeral in the community. The land claim arises from…

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