Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fort William First Nation members approve claim

Fort William First Nation members voted mostly in favour of approving the Neebing Surrender Specific claim Saturday.
The vote comes after three years of negotiations and 10 years after the claim was originally submitted. The $22 million settlement will still need to be approved by the federal government before it becomes official.
Unlike the historic $154 million Fort William First Nation boundary claim, the settlement doesn't include the transfer of land and is strictly for financial compensation. The Neebing Specific claim addresses the surrender of 6,400 acres of the western part of the Fort William First Nation reserve in 1859.