Akwesasne offered $240M land claim deal: MCA

A Government of Canada map shows the Dundee specific land claim in pink. The federal government has offered the Akwesasne government $240M to settle a land claim for the area, according to the MCA. Click photo to enlarge. (Photo/Akwesasne.ca)

AKWESASNE – The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne says it’s in the “final stages” of negotiating a multi-million dollar land claim settlement with the Canadian government.

The offer on the table is just shy of $240 million for the Dundee specific land claim, basically the area of Snye, Que. encompassing 20,000 acres.

The offer would include legal, negotiation and ratification costs, says the Mohawk council.

The MCA claims the lands were invalidly surrendered to the Province of Quebec in 1888.

Under terms in the settlement, the reserve could end up with 18,282 additional reserve lands, according to the MCA if it surrenders all their claims to the Dundee lands.

The deal is still subject to a community referendum, which would happen in the coming months.

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