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Trial begins on Indigenous bands’ claim to Lake Huron, Georgian Bay – Toronto Star

April 25, 2019

A complex trial involving a novel claim to a large swath of Lake Huron lake bed and allegations of broken promises is set to kick off in Toronto today.

The trial pits the Saugeen Ojibway Nation against the federal and Ontario governments.

The two Indigenous groups who make up the Saugeen Ojibway Nation launched their claims about two decades ago.

They say their traditional territory includes what is now the Bruce Peninsula and lands south stretching from Goderich, Ont., to Collingwood, Ont.

The territory, they assert, includes most of the waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.

The case will likely take years to wind its way through the court system.

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