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Robinson Huron and Robinson Superior annuities case enters second phase – Manitoulin Expositor

by ahnationtalk on October 23, 201976 Views

October 23, 2019

SUDBURY – The curious case of the Ontario Crown’s missing annuity increases, often referred to as “treaty money” has entered its second phase, with the province having lost two rounds on the first phase following a ruling in Sudbury by Superior Court Justice Patricia Hennessey turning down Ontario’s attempt to reopen the court’s decision in favour of the Robinson Huron and Robinson Superior Treaty plaintiffs.

The case centres around the failure of the province to increase annuities paid to individual members of the Robinson Huron and Superior First Nations in return for property given over to the Crown. Those annuities have remained stuck at $4 per person since they were last increased in 1874. The cash-strapped Crown at the time of the signing of the treaties (long before Confederation took place) that are at the heart of the issue was not in position to pony up the cash necessary to pay out the value of the land. So the Anishinaabe leadership at the time settled for an annuity to be paid for each member. That annuity was to be increased as revenues from the surrendered territories increased, so long as the province would not suffer a loss after expenses.

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