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Supreme Court hearing Ontario proceedings over payment of treaties to indigenous peoples

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The Canadian Press

Canadian news agency

Ottawa — Canada's Supreme Court states that it will hear a court battle over the payment of a crown to indigenous people who handed over a large area of ​​northern Ontario in 1850 under two treaties.

The Ontario Government has tried to challenge the Ontario Court of Appeals' ruling on Lake Huron and Lake Superior, with Crown limiting annual payments of $ 4 per person for over a century. He admitted that he violated the terms of the treaty with Anisina Abe on the North Bank.

According to court documents, the pension was raised to that amount in 1875 and has not changed since then.

In last year's ruling, the Court of Appeals acknowledged that both the federal and state governments should increase their pensions in some way, but "no action has been taken to do so." Said.

As a result, it was found that the King violated the treaty's promise to share resource-based income from the territory.

We sent the case back to the judge and decided on the amount to be paid to the indigenous people involved and which government, state, federal, or both, would be responsible for the compensation.

This report by Canadian Press was first published on June 23, 2022.