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Walpole Island closing in on $46M land claim settlement – Chatham Daily News

Jul 03, 2023

The end may be in sight to a Southwestern Ontario First Nation’s land claim against the federal government that dates back nearly 200 years.

The Walpole Island First Nation, located along Lake St. Clair between Chatham-Kent and Sarnia, isn’t commenting on the proposed $46-million settlement, saying it’s still early in the process.

Details of the negotiations are confidential, but progress is being made and the federal government and the First Nation are continuing to work toward a resolution of the claim, Matthew Gutsch, a spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada, said in an email exchange.

According to a timeline of the claim posted on the First Nation’s Facebook page, 400 acres were set aside in 1841-42 in what’s now Enniskillen Township for the Chippewas of the St. Clair River and the Chenail Ecarte Tribe.

The Chenail Ecarte Tribe later became the Walpole Island First Nation, and Chippewas of the St. Clair River later became the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia and the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.

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