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April 15, 2021
The federal government has been ordered to pay the Siska First Nation $4.7 million in restitution for the alienation of reserve lands and lost fishing opportunities in a claim stemming from the creation of the CPR railroad.
The award was granted by Canada’s Specific Claims Tribunal, which was set up in 2008 to deal with the hundreds of claims across Canada that First Nations have made. These claims were previously dealt with by the courts.
Literally hundreds of specific claims have been tried in Canada. What makes the Siska decision unique, and possibly precedent-setting, is that for the first time a tribunal has awarded losses for lost fishing opportunities.
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