Native leaders in northeastern Ontario say they are disappointed Ontario may appeal a historic ruling in the Robinson Huron Treaty annuities case.
However, they also say they are pleased that both the Ontario and Canadian governments are willing to negotiate a resolution to their claim for more money under the treaty.
In a release Tuesday, the Robinson Huron Treaty Litigation Committee said the federal government has decided not to appeal Justice Patricia Hennessy’s ruling on Dec. 21. At the same time, the committee said Ontario intends to preserve its right to appeal Justice Hennessy’s decision, including her decision on costs.
“The province has served us with their notice to appeal. We are very disappointed with this decision; however, we welcome their willingness to seek a settlement through negotiations,” said Wikwemikoong Chief Duke Peltier.
The First Nations first went to court in 2013, charging the provincial and federal governments failed to uphold the terms of the Robinson Huron Treaty, which was signed in 1850.