Lac Seul First Nation

Lac Seul First Nation

July 12, 2011 05:00 ET

Lac Seul First Nation Files Land Claim for Historic Settlement at Bruce Lake

LAC SEUL FIRST NATION, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2011) - Chief Clifford Bull and the Council of the Lac Seul First Nation, on behalf of the membership of the Lac Seul Band, have filed a land claim concerning unsurveyed reserve lands. "Chief Cromarty provided a hand-drawn map to the Indian Agent in the days following Lac Seul's Adhesion to Treaty 3, outlining the parcels of land that were to be surveyed and set aside as reserves for benefit of the Band Members", stated Chief Bull, "but the reserve that was supposed to be created at what is now called Bruce Lake, was never surveyed."

Lac Seul First Nation has filed the Bruce Lake land claim with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development through the Specific Claims Branch. Under Specific Claims policy, the Branch will now conduct a historical assessment of the claim as part of its validation process. "We anticipate that Canada will accept the claim for negotiation, and we look forward to putting this historical grievance to rest."

Lac Seul is located approximately 38 km northwest of Sioux Lookout. Lac Seul First Nation has a large base, which is bounded to the north and east by the Lac Seul reservoir, and is comprised of four on-reserve communities: Kejick Bay, Canoe River, Whitefish Bay, and Frenchman's Head. Lac Seul First Nation is the oldest First Nation in the Sioux Lookout District of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (formerly Indian and Northern Affairs Canada). The reserve was established pursuant to Treaty 3, through adhesion in 1874.

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