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Robinson Huron and Superior Treaty Trial Enters Phase 2 – Anishinabeknews.ca
by ahnationtalk onOctober 22, 201927 Views
October 22, 2019
SUDBURY— Phase 2 of the Robinson Huron Treaty Trial began this week in Sudbury.
Phase 1 began in June of 2018 and concluded days before Christmas with a decisive victory for the Robinson Huron and Robinson Superior plaintiffs who successfully argued that Canada and Ontario have not paid annuities in keeping with the terms of the treaty.
This phase will focus on technical legal objections that the Crown is making to increasing or back paying any inadequate annuities.
The sticking point in the first trial had been a triad of clauses in the text of the treaty that Canada and Ontario have interpreted to justify uncoupling the annuity payments from increases in revenue from the land, and limiting the annuity to $4. It was this Crown interpretation that the Robinson Huron and Superior communities defeated at the first phase of the trial.