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Batchewana FN ‘disappointed’ Ontario appealing Robinson Huron win

Wikwemikong Chief Duke Peltier, Wasauksing Chief Warren Tabobondung, Shawanaga Chief Wayne Pamajewon, Batchewana Chief Dean Sayersn on June 4, 2018, at the start of final arguments in the Robinson Huron Treaty Annuities court case. (APTN file.)

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An Ontario First Nation is reeling after learning the Ford government is appealing the Robinson Huron annuities claim – including costs.

The federal government has said it will not appeal the December 2018 decision.

“The provincial government has a fiduciary obligation to honour our treaties and Ontario’s decision to appeal the ruling is unacceptable,” Batchewana Chief Dean Sayers said in a release.

“For decades, our people have received the vastly inadequate annual amount that is nowhere near the value of our shared resources of this land.”

An Ontario Superior Court judge sided with 21 First Nations late last year when she said annual $4 treaty payments should be raised.

Justice Patricia Hennessy found the provincial and federal governments had been short-changing First Nations in Ontario for more than a century.

But she did not set a new amount under the Robinson-Huron Treaty, which was signed in 1850.

Now comes word Ontario has filed notice seeking leave to appeal the decision.

Although Sayers believes the judge’s decision will hold and Ontario will come to the table and negotiate instead of litigate.

“Batchewana is disappointed in the province’s decision, however, we are confident that Ontario and Canada will follow through on their inherited obligation through a mediated process,” he said in the release.

The treaty payments are a share of natural resource revenues within the territory.

There are about 30,000 beneficiaries in the 21 communities.

 

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4 Responses to “Batchewana FN ‘disappointed’ Ontario appealing Robinson Huron win”

  1. juliedebassige@gmail.com'
    julie Debassige January 24, 2019 at 1:30 am #

    First Nations put a claim for 1/3 of profits earned by Ontario on the resources from within the ground,, in the waters and on the lands. Forget the negotiations with Ontario.
    Remember the Creator gave us each a diamond, why settle for a grain of sand.

  2. j*************@gmail.com'
    julie Debassige February 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

    First Nations put a claim for 1/3 of profits earned by Ontario on the resources from within the ground,, in the waters and on the lands. Forget the negotiations with Ontario.
    Remember the Creator gave us each a diamond, why settle for a grain of sand.

  3. Althbeault_2006@hotmail.com'
    Al January 23, 2019 at 11:23 am #

    Omg anything to get out of paying ! But if we as a people owed them .. it would be a different Story! That letter would say “pay within 30 days or could lead to possible jail ………….meh! Same old song and dance … Ford, you Are a ignorant arrogant pompous ass ! Not knowing the. Heritage or culture ,, Give the First Nations the rightful dues !!! And be greatfull they have shared their lands …. you could have been placed on the other side of trumps wall too!

  4. a**************@hotmail.com'
    Al February 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

    Omg anything to get out of paying ! But if we as a people owed them .. it would be a different Story! That letter would say “pay within 30 days or could lead to possible jail ………….meh! Same old song and dance … Ford, you Are a ignorant arrogant pompous ass ! Not knowing the. Heritage or culture ,, Give the First Nations the rightful dues !!! And be greatfull they have shared their lands …. you could have been placed on the other side of trumps wall too!