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May 28, 2021
‘It’s a proud day and a proud day for our ancestors,’ says Chief Gerry Duquette Jr.
Dokis First Nation has reached a settlement timber over timber dues that were misdirected to the Crown in 1912, when the money was deposited in the government’s Indian Land Management Fund instead of the community’s trust fund.
The Ontario community is located between the upper and lower French River off Highway 64.
Chief Gerry Duquette Jr. says the First Nation, located between the upper and lower French River off Highway 64, filed a claim in 2015 and negotiations resulted in almost $27 million in compensation as well as an apology.
The community has decided to distribute 30 per cent of the claim among members (about $6,000 for each). A youth trust has been established for those who will receive their personal distribution when they turn 21. But most of the funds have been put away for future generations.
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