Blood Tribe signed a $150 million agreement to settle the historic claim.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Chief Roy Fox Blood Tribe signed a $150 million agreement to settling the historic Mismanagement of Assets claim in Calgary Thurs. July 4/19.
The claim, called the Mismanagement of Assets settlement agreement, deals with Crown mismanagement of the reserve’s cattle ranching assets from 1894 to 1923.
This was one of many wrongs that were done, and an attempt to right this wrong as we continue to work together on a better path in reconciliation,” Bennett said. “There’s a lot more work to do but I think we’re on a good path of actually just recognizing harm was done, that we are sorry and how we put in place the measures to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Chief Fox stated “We need to ensure that we correct the wrongs that were done to our people and we appreciate the work you have done on this matter,” Fox said to Bennett. “In that spirit we hope to have the same success with other land claims and initiatives that are in progress now.”
Chief Fox was referring to a recent ruling by a Federal Court judge that found Ottawa underestimated the number of Blood Tribe members in southwestern Alberta when their reserve was created in the 1870s.
The ruling could add up to 421 square kilometres to the band’s reserve, already more than 1,400 square kilometres in size. The court said the band may also seek compensation in lieu of land.
Bennett said her government will continue to work toward settling outstanding claims and it’s something that all Canadians should be aware of.
“Settling claims is the right thing to do.”