Caldwell First Nation approves land claim offer

The Caldwell First Nation has ratified a land claim settlement, providing $105-million to set up a new reserve and to compensate band members whose forebears gave up land at Point Pelee more than 200 years ago.

Just four of the band’s 196 members who cast ratification ballots on the weekend voted against the compensation and settlement agreement.

The band’s lawyer, Brian Daly, said it will take time to set-up a reserve somewhere in southern Essex County: “It’s going to be somewhere in the areas of Kingsville, Essex, and Leamington. Probably more anchored in Leamington. But the purchase of the land will happen over a period of years.”

Daly said the compensation includes damages for the loss of traditional lands going back more than 200 years. Read More.