Push to remove ‘pretendians’ from Algonquin membership rekindled after CBC investigation – CBC

Push to remove ‘pretendians’ from Algonquin membership rekindled after CBC investigation – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 13, 202119 Views

Sep 13, 2021

Analysis revealed letter linked to 1,000 Indigenous ancestry claims is likely fake

A CBC investigation that cast doubt on the authenticity of a letter which has enabled more than 1,000 people to claim Indigenous ancestry is reinvigorating efforts to remove so-called “pretendians” from the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) membership list.

The letter had been used at a 2013 hearing to persuade a retired judge that 19th century voyageur Thomas Lagarde was Algonquin, making him a key “root ancestor.”

That meant 1,000 of his descendants could claim they were Algonquin and thus potential beneficiaries of a massive pending land claim agreement involving almost $1 billion and more than 500 sq. kilometres of land between the AOO and the federal and Ontario governments.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/algonquin-ancestry-lagarde-letter-follow-1.6171830?cmp=rss

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