Canada and Snuneymuxw First Nation advance reconciliation through settlement of historic claim

Mon. Oct. 16/17

News Release

From Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

October 10, 2017 Nanaimo, BC  Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada and the Snuneymuxw First Nation have taken a major step on the journey of reconciliation by settling an outstanding specific claim.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and Chief John Wesley of Snuneymuxw First Nation celebrated with members of the Snuneymuxw First Nation the settlement of the 79 Acre Reserve specific claim, a historical grievance respecting former reserve land located in the City of Nanaimo that was improperly taken from Snuneymuxw’s reserve land base sometime after 1862.

The settlement agreement provides the First Nation with $49 million in financial compensation that can be used to purchase land or invest in new opportunities for community and business development that will benefit its members and the local economy.

Negotiated settlements like this help to right past wrongs, renew relationships and advance reconciliation in a way that respects the rights of First Nations and all Canadians.

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