LONDON, Ont. — The mood was sombre, not celebratory Monday as the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation band council sat down with a government minister to sign an historic multimillion dollar deal.
According to the settlement agreement, signed by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, the community surrendered its land claim in exchange for $120 million, to be used to purchase land for commercial development and an urban reserve.
Portions of the sale of the 40 sq-km area near St. Thomas, Ont., are also being dedicated to education, monthly income for the elderly and community resources.
Each adult member of the community of about 700 received $7,500 cash.