Mamalilikulla Qwe Qwa Sot Em First Nation - Deadpoint Indian Reserve Specific Claim

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Specific claims deal with past grievances of First Nations. These grievances relate to Canada's obligations under historic treaties or the way it managed First Nation funds or other assets. Settlements honour Canada's lawful obligations to First Nations and bring economic benefits to both First Nations and local communities as well as certainty for government, industry and non-Aboriginal Canadians.

The Mamalilikulla Qwe Qwa Sot Em First Nation is a small First Nation located in the Queen Charlotte Straits in British Columbia. This specific claim concerns the Deadpoint Indian Reserve which was transferred to a neighbouring band in 1934 without compensation.

The claim was submitted to the department in 1995 and after a thorough review, was accepted for negotiation by the department in 1996. A final agreement was initialled by the negotiators on January 12, 2007 and ratified by the community in February, 2007. The settlement agreement was finalized in March, 2007.

Under the settlement, Canada will pay $1,239,270 in compensation and an additional $128,270 in trust to cover the community's negotiating costs. The agreement provides the First Nation an opportunity to purchase private property on a willing buyer willing seller basis close to urban centres in the northern half of Vancouver Island. If the community buys land, then Canada will consider setting it apart as reserve if the land meets the requirements of the Additions to Reserves Policy.

Since 1973, about 282 specific claims have been resolved through negotiated settlements. Canada's contribution to these settlements has ranged in value from $15,000 to $125 million, with an average settlement value of $6.5 million. In British Columbia alone there are currently 303 claims under review and another 40 under negotiation. Roughly 44 per cent of all specific claims in Canada originate in British Columbia.

If you would like more information on Canada's New Government's plan to accelerate the resolution of specific claims, visit Specific Claims Justice at Last.