STATE OF SPECIFIC LAND CLAIMS OF THE WABAN-AKI NATION

For more information, consult the web site of the AADNC.

SPECIFIC CLAIMS TRIBUNAL

Odanak :
Claim : SCT-2001-11
Claim : SCT-2003-11

Wôlinak :
Claim : SCT-2002-11

For more information, consult the web site of the Specific Claims Tribunal of Canada.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MINISTER OF INDIAN AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS

Information sheet on the specific claim of the former reserve of crespieul abenakis of wolinak and odanak

In 1996, the First Nations of Odanak and Wolinak deposited a specific claim concerning the former reserve of Crespieul entitles: “Cession and sale of the reserve of Crespieul – specific claim of the Abenaki bands of Odanak and Wolinak against the Crown in right of Canada”.

The reserve of Crespieul was created in 1894 and had an area of 33.8 km². It was located northwest of La Tuque. This reserve was ceded by the First Nations in 1910 and sold to a third party in 1911 by the Government of Canada, for the benefit of the Abenakis.
This claim was accepted for the purpose of negotiations by the Government of Canada on August 27, 2001 within the Specific Claims Policy on the grounds of allegations that the Government of Canada had not met its legal obligations, which led to the loss of the former reserve of Crespieul by the Abenakis as of 1910.
The parties signed a negotiation protocol in spring 2003 and have now initiated formal negotiations to settle the grievance fairly and equitably. If the parties come to an agreement, financial compensation will be paid to the First Nations in order to cover the damages that will be established in the terms of the negotiations.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MINISTER OF INDIAN AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS

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START OF THE SPECIFIC CLAIMS NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE FORMER RESERVE OF CRESPIEUL
TROIS-RIVÈRES (QUEBEC), September 30, 2003 – The First Nations of Odanak and Wolinak, and honorable Robert D. Nault, minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, are proud to announce the start of negotiations on the specific claim of the former reserve of Crespieul.
The Government of Canada accepted to negotiate this claim, within its Specific Claims Policy, on the grounds of allegations that the Government of Canada had not met its legal obligations, which led to the loss of the former reserve of Crespieul by the Abenakis as of 1910. The Government of Canada and Abenakis are convinced that a settlement through negotiations is preferable to court action.
“We wish to obtain financial compensation that will allow us to favor the cultural, social and particularly the economic development of our communities” asserted the chiefs of the Band Councils of Odanak and Wolinak, Mr. Gilles O’Bomsawin and Mr. Raymond Bernard.
From the beginning of the dialogue on the specific claim of Crespieul, the Government of Canada and First Nations of Odanak and Wolinak have been able to count on solid collaboration. In this same spirit that they are confident that they will arrive at a completely satisfactory settlement.
“The beginning of negotiations on the specific claims of the former reserve of Crespieul marks a first step towards the settling of this grievance”, declared minister Nault. “These negotiations demonstrate the Government of Canada’s will to renew partnerships with the First Nations.”
The First Nation of Odanak is situated along the St. Francis River, 32 kilometers east of Sorel, and has 1750 members. As for the First Nation of Wolinak, it is situated along the Bécancour River, 20 kilometers southeast of Trois-Rivères, and has about 400 members. The former reserve of Crespieul was situated northeast of La Tuque.

For more information, please contact:

Helene Philippe, Regional Communications Manager for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Quebec Regional Office (418) 648-7675

Denys Bernard, Negotiator, Waban-Aki Tribal Council (819) 294-1686

Information document: Specific claim of the former reserve of Crespieul