Aboriginal Bands Reach Land Settlement in Saskatchewan

Jonathan Maryniuk
November 18, 2008

Three First Nations in Saskatchewan have received land settlements amounting to approximately $80 million. The Cote, Keeseekose, and Key bands in Saskatchewan will receive $80 million from the federal government in exchange for lands taken from them by the government at the turn of the 19th century. 6 percent of the settlement deal will go towards negotiation and research costs. Each of the bands’ collective 5,000 off- and on-reserve members will receive approximately $1,500. The bulk of the settlement, however, will go to land purchases and other investments. Band leaders will travel among Aboriginal communities to gain ideas on how to invest the bulk of the settlement, including purchasing some of the original land taken from them.

The lands taken from the bands total 12,800 acres and are located in eastern Saskatchewan. The lands, known as the Pelly Haylands, were originally set aside by the federal government to be used as a reserve in 1893. However, they were taken from the bands in 1898 and 1905. In reaching the settlement, the federal government has admitted it breached a lawful obligation in taking away the lands. The payout would have likely occurred earlier, had there not been a recently dismissed lawsuit on the settlement. Currently, there are 70 outstanding First Nations land claims in Saskatchewan.


Jason Warick, “$80 million Saskatchewan land settlement goes to 3 native bands” Edmonton Journal (3 November 2008).

Canadian Press, “Three Sask. reserves celebrate land claim settlement worth $80 million” (6 November 2008).

“Fort Pelly Agency (Cote, Keeseekoose and Key First Nations) [Pelly Haylands]” Indian Claims Commission(11 October 2006).

Subscription Form


Protection of Privacy – Personal information provided is collected in accordance with Section 33(c) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the FOIP Act) and will be protected under Part 2 of that Act. It will be used for the purpose of managing CCS’ email subscription lists. Should you require further information about collection, use and disclosure of personal information, or to unsubscribe, please contact: Administrator, Centre for Constitutional Studies, 448D Law Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB, T6G 2H5, Tel: 780-492-5681, Email: ccslaw@ualberta.ca. You may unsubscribe from our email lists at any time.
Centre for Constitutional Studies
448D Law Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H5
chevron-down linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram