Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cree Nation Sues over 48,000 Square Kms of Northeastern Ont.; Seeks $495M Damages

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cree Nation Sues over 48,000 Square Kms of Northeastern Ont.; Seeks $495M Damages

Article excerpt

Cree Nation sues over part of northern Ontario

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TORONTO - The James Bay Cree Nation has filed a lawsuit seeking title to about 48,000 square kilometres of land in northeastern Ontario.

The lawsuit, which has been filed with Ontario's Superior Court of Justice, names the federal and Ontario governments and claims damages of $495 million in relation to the Eeyou Istchee-Ontario lands.

The suit claims the two governments have "unjustifiably infringed" on the Cree Nation's title and rights -- and breached their trust and obligations to the First Nation.

The suit also claims Ontario and Canada have been "unjustly enriched as a result of their breaches of the plaintiffs' Aboriginal title and other Aboriginal rights.... and the plaintiffs have suffered."

The claims outlined in the suit have not been tested in court. …

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