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The Wolastoqey Nation’s title claim is to the Wolastoq (St. John River), its watershed and the surrounding area. The claim is grounded in the Nation’s members’ and ancestors’ use, occupation, protection and stewardship of this territory from time immemorial.
Wolastoqey title to their lands has never been ceded or surrendered, nor has it been extinguished. From 1725/1726 to 1778, the Wolastoqey negotiated and entered into Peace and Friendship Treaties with the Crown. Unlike certain treaties made with First Nations in other parts of Canada that purport to cede land, the Peace and Friendship Treaties do not provide for the surrender of lands to the Crown. Instead, the Treaties outline each party’s obligations to the other at the end of periods of conflict between the British and the Wolastoqey and their allies. The 1725/1726 Treaty explicitly acknowledges Wolastoqey title by acknowledging the need for a lawful settlement process if colonists wanted to settle on Wolastoqey lands.
OKT is honoured to be assisting the Wolastoqey Nation to in their journey towards recognition in Canadian law of their title. This claim is especially close to the heart of OKT’s Managing Partner and lead counsel on the title claim, Renée Pelletier, who has Wolastoqey roots and has been working for Wolastoqey communities for the past several years.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the area to which the Wolastoqey are claiming title?
Please see the map below. This map is subject to change.
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