This is one of the largest regional damages ever completed. Canada will pay $ 1.3 billion (990 million francs) in compensation to an aboriginal community in the west of the country in the early 20th century.
“We are here today to redress the injustices of the past,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a ceremony in Cixica, Alberta, on Thursday. They are one of more than 600 Native American people in Canada.
In 1910, the Canadian government seized almost half of their land to sell to immigrants despite signing a contract thirty years ago. According to Justin Trudeau, Canada acted in a “disgraceful manner” with the expropriation, and the community confiscated its “agricultural productive and mineral-rich land.”
“While this solution has not made up for the past, we hope it will lead to a better and brighter future for this generation and future generations,” said Mark Miller, Minister of Internal Affairs.
Demand from the 1960s
“Our way of life has changed. Not like before. Nothing can change what was there, ”said only Crawfoot, the leader of the Siksika nation wearing traditional feather helmets.
The agreement fulfills the demands of the Sikhism nation since the 1960s. In November 2021, negotiators from both parties reached an agreement, which was verified by a community referendum last December.
Although relations between Ottawa and the First Nations were defined by the text of the “Indian Law” of 1876, the land claims of all the tribes were not settled in Canada.
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