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Blood Tribe votes in favour of $5.8M settlement for wartime infractions


STAND OFF – Blood Tribe members voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favour of a settlement of $5.8-million from the government of Canada for illegal land use dating back to the Second World War.

In 1941, when Canada was fully immersed in the war, the Department of National Defence illegally leased, used and occupied 55,000 acres of Blood Tribe land for a bombing and gunnery range.

At the time, the Indian Act required that to surrender reserve land, an agreement had to be reached between the majority of the male members of a band and an authorized agent of the Crown; an agreement that never took place.


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