Matsqui First Nation makes claim for loss of reserve land dating back 155 years – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 2019139 Views

In 1864, the Matsqui Nation was allotted 9,600 acres of land. The Colony of B.C. sold off nearly all of it

Oct 08, 2019

The Matsqui First Nation wants federal compensation for the historic loss of almost all of its Indian reservation land going back 155 years.

According to the claim, 99 per cent of the 9,600 acres allotted to the Matsqui in 1864 was pre-empted and sold to settlers by the former Colony of British Columbia in an “unlawful reduction of its Indian reserve.”

The claim states that Canada is responsible for the actions of the former colony.

“The reconciliation of this claim has been a priority for Matsqui for many years,” said Chief Alice McKay. “Resolving historical grievances with Matsqui is critical to renewing our relationship with Canada and advancing reconciliation.”

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