The final deal may take another five years, but the federal and provincial governments have signed an agreement in principle with the Algonquins of Ontario.
(John Paul Tasker / CBC News)
It’ll eventually see wide swaths of land in eastern Ontario signed over to the indigenous people as part of a modern treaty.
The settlement would give the Algonquins $300-million from the two levels of government and roughly 36,000 square kilometres stretching from Ottawa to North Bay, including large parts of the Ottawa Valley.
No privately owned land will be touched and most of the territory will be Crown-owned.
The federal and Ontario governments and the Algonquins of Ontario have been negotiating for 24 years, but the Algonquins have laid claim to the land for over 250 years.
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