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Sask government working to honour treaty obligations – Sask Today

Treaty land entitlement transfer of mineral rights for Cowessess First Nation.

REGINA — Nearly 195 hectares (480 acres) of Crown mineral rights will be transferred to Cowessess First Nation under the Cowessess Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Settlement Agreement.

Acquiring new reserve lands through successful TLE agreements supports community growth and traditional land use, according to a Ministry of Justice and Attorney General. This transfer is part of the province’s commitment to TLE settlement agreements, aimed at ensuring that First Nation communities receive the land promised to them under historical treaties. Under the Natural Resources Transfer Agreement, 1930, Saskatchewan has a constitutional obligation to assist the federal government with this promise.

The TLE agreements provide First Nations with entitlement monies to purchase land anywhere in the province on a “willing buyer-willing seller” basis and add it to their reserves.

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