Historic achievement for Michipicoten First Nation

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse extended
congratulations to the Michipicoten First Nation on their historic land claim
settlement with Canada and Ontario. Following a successful ratification vote
held on January 12, 2008, Chief Joe Buckell and the Michipicoten First Nation
Council authorized a resolution calling for the negotiated land claim
agreement to be signed by all three governments.
    The land claim settlement package amounts to $58.8 million dollars, in
both land value and monetary compensation. The claim settlement package
represents the 2nd largest specific land claim settlement in Ontario.
    "I congratulate Chief Buckell, the Michipicoten First Nation Council, and
their citizens on this significant accomplishment. This Agreement represents a
meaningful and proud moment for the Michipicoten First Nation. Its conclusion
provides justice for a historic wrong, and hope and greater opportunity for
their future generations" said Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.
    Regional Chief Toulouse further pointed out that this Agreement, and the
efficiency with which it was concluded demonstrates that "with commitment,
creativity and political will, governments and First Nations together can
address long unresolved claims through negotiation without confrontation and

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For further information: Pam Hunter, (416) 597-1266 or Policy Advisor,
(613) 203-3233

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