TSUU T'INA, AB, July 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Bernard
Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and
Chief Roy Whitney-Onespot of the Tsuu T'ina Nation joined community members at a special ceremony to celebrate the final
settlement of three specific claims related to past transactions involving the Glenmore Reservoir in
"Our Government has made real progress in the resolution of specific
claims, and the agreement with the Tsuu T'ina Nation provides another
great example of what we can accomplish by working together with First
Nations," said Minister Valcourt. "Settlement agreements create new
opportunities for economic growth that can lead to a brighter future
for First Nations and all Canadians."
"On behalf of Tsuu T'ina citizens, and my Council colleagues, and
particularly our elders, I want to thank the Government of Canada, the
Minister and his department for coming to the table respectfully and
completing this land claim settlement," said Chief Roy Whitney-Onespot.
"The settlement resolves a longstanding issue for our people and was
accomplished through patient negotiation by Tsuu T'ina Chiefs and
Councils before me. The settlement will aid in the Nation's goal of
economic self-sufficiency over the long term."
Under the settlement agreement, Canada is providing the Tsuu T'ina
Nation with $20.8 million in financial compensation to resolve three
claims known collectively as the Glenmore Reservoir specific claims.
The claims relate to three separate transactions involving the Glenmore
Reservoir in the 1930s in which the Tsuu T'ina Nation did not receive
adequate compensation. The settlements highlight the Government of
Canada's commitment to righting past wrongs through the resolution of
specific claims, while contributing to the creation of jobs and
economic growth in First Nation communities and surrounding areas.
Canada is working with First Nation partners across the country to
achieve results at negotiating tables for the benefit of all Canadians.
Negotiating claim agreements is key to achieving reconciliation and
rebuilding relationships with First Nation people in Canada. Since
2007, Canada has settled close to 100 specific claims.
Up-to-date information on this and all other specific claims can be
found on the Status Report for Specific Claims.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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General Information on Specific Claims
Progress Report on Specific Claims
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For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Tsuu T'ina Nation
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
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