Canada and Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation reach settlement agreement on treaty salaries specific claim

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatchewan – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, Chief Edwin Ananas of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that the First Nation and the Government of Canada have negotiated a settlement agreement regarding the Beardy’s and Okemasis Treaty Salaries Specific Claim.

The resolution of this claim addresses a longstanding historical grievance where Canada failed to provide the salaries and annuities promised to Chiefs and Headmen under Treaty 6 between 1885 and 1951. In June 2022, Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation received $4,101,046 to settle this specific claim.

The Government of Canada will continue to work alongside Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation to build trust and renew the relationship for the benefit of the community and all Canadians.

Working collaboratively to address past wrongs and settle outstanding specific claims is key to advancing reconciliation with First Nations in Canada.

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