It took 130 years, but it’s better late than never.
The Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation are receiving 4-and-a-half million dollars after a Specific Claims Tribunal ruled the federal government breached their lawful obligation to pay Treaty annuities.
From 1885 to 1888, the government withheld payments from 14 Saskatchewan First Nations on suspicion of aiding in the Riel Resistance.
If the decision stands, the money will go into a trust fund
that will be used for long term housing, education, and other community needs.
However the federal government has 30 days from last Friday to appeal the decision.