[The Missanabie Cree First Nation has reached a $150 million settlement with the government of Canada related to land the First Nation was entitled to under the terms of a treaty signed more than 110 years ago.
In addition to financial terms, the First Nation will be able to add up to 3,200 acres to their territory.
“It marks a new beginning for the Missanabie Cree First Nation, creating new opportunities for the First Nation to invest in community and economic development for the future benefit of its community,” a news release Tuesday said.
The announcement was made by Chief Jason Gauthier and Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, describing the settlement as “a major step forward on the path of reconciliation and renewal by concluding a negotiated settlement to address a past wrong that dates back over 110 years.”
The claim relates to the reserve land the Missanabie Cree First Nation was promised under Treaty No. 9 and should have received more than a century ago.
“When the First Nation adhered to the treaty in 1906, they were promised reserve land for their people, but did not receive a reserve land base until 2018,” the release said. “The settlement Canada and the First Nation have now concluded honours this outstanding treaty obligation and helps right this past wrong.”]