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$125 million settlement for flooded First Nation

By Adam Riley Aug 9, 2023 | 10:50 PM

The Seine River First Nation has reached a settlement with both the federal and provincial governments over the flooding of the community’s land.

It was caused due to the construction of the dam located in the Fort Frances – International Falls area, which led to increased water levels and flooding which continues to impact the community to this day.

The deal includes $125.6 million in compensation, $64.9 million from Canada and $60.7 million from Ontario.

Chief John Kabatay Sr. says the money will be directed towards a special fund for the community.

“We know the settlement will assist in some of our future goals. One of those goals is to take care of the next generation. Our Legacy Trust Fund is exactly that, a Legacy for the next generations building a better today for a much more prosperous tomorrow.”

Claims over the flooding were first issued in 1988 and only accepted in 2003 and 2010 by Ontario and 2009 by Canada.

Among the dignitaries at the signing was Kenora-Rainy River MPP and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford, who calls the signing a renewed relationship.

“Settling this claim is a major milestone in our journey to advance reconciliation with the Seine River First Nation and Indigenous peoples across Ontario. The agreement, achieved through fair, respectful and meaningful negotiation, will enhance the social and economic well-being of the community and bring greater prosperity to the surrounding region.”

Seine River First Nation has a population of 804 people and is located within Treaty 3 territory 84 kilometres east of Fort Frances.



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