Lac Seul First Nation going to Supreme Court of Canada in hydro dam flooding compensation case – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 17, 2020105 Views

First Nation challenging Federal Court’s calculation of compensation

Apr 17, 2020

The Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario will have its case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada, tasking the court with the question of how Indigenous Peoples should be compensated by Canada for historic wrongs.

In the late 1920s, construction of the Ear Falls hydroelectric dam flooded nearly 20 per cent of Lac Seul’s reserve land without the First Nation’s consent, without a surrender or expropriation of the land, and without compensation.

“We have been fighting since 1985, when we first filed this claim, to find a just resolution with the federal government,” wrote Chief Derek Maud in a news release.

“Thirty-five years later, we are still hoping for reconciliation.”

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