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First Nation award called 'precedent setting'

Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Jeff Buckstein

A Saskatchewan First Nations band has been awarded $4.5 million by Specific Claims Tribunal Canada as compensation for retaliatory action taken in the late 19th century by the federal government under Prime Minister John A. MacDonald.

“The tribunal found that the Crown (the respondent) had breached its fiduciary duty when it unilaterally withheld $5 per individual per year in annuities between 1885 and 1888 from the members of the Beardy’s & Okemasis Band # 96 and # 97 (the claimant) whom the government had deemed disloyal...