Batchewana First Nation Robinson Huron Treaty Annuities Case Update April 20, 2023

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In July of 1764 near what the Anishinabek called “the crooked place” – Niagara Falls – Sir William Johnson, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for British North America, met with some 2500 Chiefs and headmen to create an alliance that would be key to they creation of Canada. – illustration by Charles Hebert
In July of 1764 near what the Anishinabek called “the crooked place” – Niagara Falls – Sir William Johnson, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for British North America, met with some 2500 Chiefs and headmen to create an alliance that would be key to they creation of Canada. – illustration by Charles Hebert

In Stage 1 of the Robinson Huron Treaty case, Justice Hennessy found in favour of 21 First Nation signatories in the Robinson Huron Treaty that there is a mandatory obligation to increase the collective annuity when the economic circumstances warrant.

This meant that as a collective, each First Nation would benefit from sharing in the payments from the escalator clause. These findings were upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal in its decision.

The 21 First Nation’s of the Robinson Huron Treaty have been successful in both stages 1 & 2 of the court proceedings and currently stage 3 has been adjourned to allow for negotiations. The Supreme Court of Canada appeal has also been delayed to see the parties work on a settlement outside of the court.

We remain positive that the negotiations will result favourably for our 21 First Nations however, there are no details regarding amounts, or dates until a settlement has been reached.

We are aware that Treaty beneficiaries and community members are eager for updates on the progress of the case and we ask that you look directly to the Robinson Huron Leadership for information as it becomes available.

As stated, there has not yet been a settlement reached at this time so there are no dates or amounts that can be provided however, we believe in the negotiation process and look forward to updating membership with information as soon as it becomes available.

Meegwetch, Batchewana First Nation Chief and Council

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