Northern Sask. and Alberta Metis groups pursuing ‘unprecedented and historic’ land claim – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on October 17, 201978 Views

October 16, 2019

SASKATOON –Metis leaders from northern Alberta and northern Saskatchewan are taking the federal government to court over a 120,000 square-kilometre piece of land spanning both provinces, saying it was fraudulently taken away.

“We need to do something about getting our land back,” said Jim Durocher, president of the local Metis in Ile a La Crosse about 468 kilometres north of Saskatoon. “Our resources are disappearing from us and we are getting nothing in return.”

Joined by 21 Metis leaders from Saskatchewan and Alberta, Durocher and company filed a 33-page claim in federal court, seeking to “redress the process dating back to the late 1800s, that saw Metis people wrongfully deprived of land that was promised to them by the government at the time,” the group said in a media release. Sixty-two plaintiffs were named in the claim.

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