Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

July 09, 2010 15:07 ET

Seigneury of Lake of Two Mountains Specific Land Claim of the Mohawks of Kanesatake: Minister Strahl Appoints Federal Negotiator

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of Fred Caron as Chief Federal Negotiator for negotiations on the Mohawks of Kanesatake's Seigneury of Lake of Two Mountains specific claim.

This appointment demonstrates Canada's commitment to continue to work at the negotiating table to resolve Kanesatake's specific claim.

"It is important for all parties that negotiations start off on the right track. And the appointment of Mr. Fred Caron – whose vast experience in complex multilateral land claims negotiations has brought him into contact with First Nations throughout the country as well as various provincial governments – will help ensure that these negotiations are successful," said Minister Strahl.

In 1718, the King of France granted the Seigneury of Lake of Two Mountains to the Sulpicians. The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake's Seigneury of Lake of Two Mountains claim relates to the rights held by the First Nation on the lands of the Seigneury that were sold by the Sulpicians to third parties over the years.

On April 14, 2008, Canada accepted the claim of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake under the Specific Claims Policy and formally offered to negotiate the claim, thus reiterating its willingness to move forward on resolving this historical grievance through negotiations.

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Biographical Note

Fred Caron

In July 2010, Fred Caron was appointed chief federal negotiator for negotiations on the Mohawks of Kanesatake's Seigneury of Lake of Two Mountains Specific Claim.

Mr. Caron obtained his degree from the Faculty of Law at McGill University in 1975. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978. In 1992, Mr. Caron was appointed Queen's Counsel in recognition of his exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. He is retiring after more than 30 years in the federal public service. In particular, his work involved negotiations with Aboriginal groups at the Department of Justice and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

He was also a member of the Canadian Forces and was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Canadian Grenadier Guards in 2003.

Contact Information

  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160
    or
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister's Office
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002