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Manitoba lawsuit claims feds breached Treaty 2 by keeping annuity payments ‘frozen in time’ at $5 – CBC

Jan 09, 2024

Lake Manitoba becomes at least 3rd First Nation in province to pursue class action in 2023 over same issue

Another Manitoba First Nation is taking the federal government to court for keeping $5 annuity payments to treaty members “frozen in time” for nearly 150 years.

Lake Manitoba First Nation and community member Ron Missyabit are seeking class-action status in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Treaty 2 communities that argues the Crown breached its “fiduciary and equitable duties” by keeping annuity payments fixed at $5 since Treaty 2 was signed in the 1870s.

“The Crown was required to regularly increase the annuities to maintain the purchasing power at the level agreed to,” reads the statement of claim that was filed in Manitoba Court of King’s Bench on Dec. 21, 2023.

“The annuities are an empty shell of the original treaty commitment.”

The lawsuit is part of a pattern of legal challenges emerging across Canada in recent years targeting federal and provincial governments over annuity payment amounts.

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