November 13, 2020 — Enoch Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory, Alberta — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Honouring Canada’s legal obligations to First Nations, righting historical wrongs and working collaboratively to renew the relationship is key to advancing reconciliation with First Nations in Canada.
Today, Chief William Morin and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that the Enoch Cree Nation and the Government of Canada have taken a major step forward on the path of reconciliation and renewal by concluding a negotiated settlement to resolve the Yekau Lake Practice Bombing Range specific claim.
The Enoch Cree Nation submitted its Yekau Lake Practice Bombing Range Specific Claim in November 2007, on the basis that the Crown breached both its fiduciary and statutory obligations under the Indian Act in respect of the lease of the former Yekau Lake Bombing Range as part of Canada’s war effort during the Second World War. Canada will provide $91 million in compensation to fully and finally resolve the Yekau Lake Practice Bombing Range specific claim.
The Enoch Cree Nation has designated the Yekau Lake Bombing Range as natural parkland for the purposes of traditional land use, cultural medicine restoration and protection. Resolution of the claim will enable further unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO) training, remediation, and land use monitoring jobs for Enoch members. Canada will remain available to support, as required, Enoch Cree Nation in these efforts.