Statement of Claim

In September 2014, 21 Robinson-Huron Treaty First Nations filed a Statement of Claim against Canada and Ontario due to the long-standing and serious breach of the Treaty.


The First Nations intend to ensure that the Crown lives up to its obligations under the Treaty. The leadership and beneficiaries have been patient and want nothing more than a fair share of the revenues. Reconciliation and a just settlement can be achieved – one that will not only be good for First Nation economies, but also for the regional economy in north eastern Ontario.

The following First Nations have beneficiaries within their populations:

Atikameksheng Anishinabek— Chief Steve Miller
Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways— Chief Dean Sayers
Dokis First Nation— Chief Gerry Duquette Jr.
Ojibways of Garden River — Chief Paul Syrette
Henvey Inlet First Nation— Chief Wayne McQuabbie
Magnetawan First Nation— Chief Lloyd Myke
Mississauga #8 First Nation— Chief Reginald Niganobe
Nipissing First Nation— Chief Scott McLeod
Sagamok Anishinawbek— Chief Paul Eshkakogan
Serpent River First Nation— Chief Elaine Johnston
Shawanaga First Nation— Chief Wayne Pamajewon
Sheshegwaning First Nation— Chief Dean Roy
Thessalon First Nation—
Wahnapitae First Nation— Chief Ted Roque
Wasauksing First Nation— Chief Warren Tabobondung
Whitefish River First Nation— Chief Shining Turtle
Aundeck-Omni Kaning First Nation – Chief Patsy Corbiere
M’Chigeeng First Nation – Chief Linda Debassige
Sheguiandah First Nation – Chief Andrew Aguonie
Zhiibaahsing First Nation – Chief Irene Sagon-Kells
Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve No. 26 – Chief Duke Peltier

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples acknowledges the importance of indigenous treaties and article 37 declares:

“Indigenous peoples have the right to the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements concluded with States or their successors and to have States honour and respect such treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.”