Supreme Court of Canada says treaty entitled Alberta First Nation to larger reserve

By Jim Bronskill THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- An Alberta First Nation ended up with less land than it should have received under a treaty made with the Crown well over a century ago, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. In a 7-0 decision Friday, the top court declared that the Blood Tribe was entitled to more than 420 square kilometres of additional territory, saying the Crown “dishonourably breached” the treaty provisions. Members of the Blood Tribe near Lethbridge, Alta., had long argued that Canada did not fulfil a promise made in 1877 to set aside a reserve with an area of one square mile for each family of five people. In its decision, the Supreme Court noted the Crown recently acknowledged its breach of the land entitlement commitment. However, the…

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