News worth celebrating! Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation recently voted to accept Canada’s offer for settlement of a specific claim 111 years in the making.
On February 3, 2022, Canada’s Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations Marc Miller approved and signed the Settlement Agreement, settling Ts’uubaa-asatx’s specific claim alleging that Canada failed to protect 22.5 acres of Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation’s reserve lands at the east end of Lake Cowichan from being sold illegally to the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway in 1911.
Updated March 2022 – From Canada’s press release about the settlement:
Chief Georgina Livingstone and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced settlement of this specific claim which addresses a longstanding historical grievance where Canada was alleged to have unlawfully cut off 22.5 acres of land, referred to as Lot 54, from Lake Cowichan Indian Reserve 1. The severed land was later sold by the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway, now known as the Vancouver Island Railway, in 1911. Through dialogue and negotiation, Canada and Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation reached a settlement of $3,474,135 in compensation.
“This resolution to this claim helps to mend the relationship between Canada and Ts’uubaa-asatx. Over the decades our elders insisted on the discrepancy and after three years of negotiations we were able to come up with a settlement that was fair and adequate to allow for Ts’uubaa-asatx to begin to transform their community for future growth.” –Councillor Melanie Livingstone, Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation
- Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation (previously Lake Cowichan First Nation) is located on the north shore of Cowichan Lake, approximately 80 kilometres northwest of Victoria, British Columbia.
- Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation filed its specific claim on February 23, 2015, alleging Canada’s unlawful cut-off of 22.5 acres from Indian Reserve No. 1.
- The settlement agreement was ratified by Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation on December 8, 2021.