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Mistawasis Nehiyawak reaches $31.6M treaty land settlement with feds, province

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Underneath Treaty 6 in 1876, Mistawasis Nehiyawak was promised roughly 128 acres of land for each member however 34 folks have been omitted.

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A $31.6-million land settlement settlement with the provincial and federal governments is a part of “righting this historic mistaken,” the chief of Mistawasis Nehiyawak says.

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Underneath Treaty 6 in 1876, Mistawasis Nehiyawak was promised roughly 128 acres of land for each member however 34 folks have been omitted. In response to the province on Thursday, the First Nation might be awarded $31.6 million in compensation beneath the settlement, collectively paid for by each governments. The federal authorities agreed to pay $22.5 million whereas Saskatchewan can pay $9.1 million.

The province says the settlement additionally helps the addition of round 29,400 acres of land to the reserve. As effectively, the provincial and federal governments will put aside $4.9 million to rural municipal and college divisions as soon as taxable land is about aside as reserve.

“This essential settlement is essential to our dedication to deal with the wrongs of the previous and the hurt brought about to Mistawasis Nehiyawak,” Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller stated.

The Saskatchewan authorities says resolving historic grievances is key in advancing reconciliation in Canada.

“Collectively, we will proceed constructing a greater high quality of life for Saskatchewan folks by way of new partnerships, social developments and financial alternatives,” stated Don McMorris, the province’s Minister Chargeable for First Nation, Metis and Northern Affairs.

Chief Daryl Watson stated the signing of Treaty 6 in 1876 by Chief Mistawasis  “introduced a brand new lifestyle for his folks.

Watson stated the settlement introduced on Thursday fulfills an extended excellent treaty obligation … Righting this historic mistaken will allow the Nation to understand the advantages owed to them for generations to return.”

Negotiations between the First Nation, province and federal authorities began in 2009. Since 2016, the federal authorities has settled greater than 180 claims with First Nations for round $8.9 billion in compensation.

— With Canadian Press information