Ontario P0V 2H0
Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
To all Community members,
I thought I would give you an update on the Canada Claim as well as the appointing of trustees for the Settlement monies. As I updated last month, the two levels of Government have signed off on the Settlement documents and they have written to Justice Gans to have the lawsuit dismissed. We have not received any new updates and therefore we haven't updated.
We met with the lawyer that is working on the trust on Friday, August 30, 2013 to discuss the trustees and membership criteria. The trust document has not been finalized and will need to be ratified by membership before it is finalized. The appointment of trustees has not happened and we will continue accepting any person interested. The trustees criteria that has been advertised is what the membership had suggested at various meetings during the ratification of the settlement in Thunder Bay, Pickle Lake, Mishkeegogamang, Sioux Lookout and Ignace.
The role of Trustee is an important position and the criteria will need to be strict and serious. The appointment of trustees and forming of the trust will have no bearing or cause delay on the per capita once the funds are released to the First Nation. Per Capita formula has not been set and will need to be discussed in further detail.