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Winnipeg Free Press: First Nation files legal claim over 150-year-old Treaty 4

February 8, 2024 — 

All of the claims remain before the provincial court system and have not been settled by a judge.

Collectively, the lawsuits represent thousands of Indigenous people and a court ruling could further establish legal precedent for how similar claims are handled in Canada, said Leo Baskatawang, an Indigenous scholar and assistant professor of law at the University of Manitoba.

“These cases will certainly be incredibly complicated,” he said Tuesday.

The recent flurry of legal activity could be the result of a settlement reached in Ontario last year, in which First Nations connected to the Robinson-Huron and Robinson-Superior treaties receive a proposed $10 billion from the provincial and federal governments over unpaid annuities dating to 1850.

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