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'We want justice': Lawsuit claims feds owe $11 billion to Treaty 1 First Nations

An annual $5 payment to members of seven First Nations has remained the same for more than 150 years, but one man is hoping to change that. Zongidaya Nelson is suing the federal government for 11 billion dollars on the behalf of his Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation, and the six other First Nations in Manitoba that signed Treaty 1 in 1871.

Zongidaya Nelson (left) and his uncle Terrance Nelson hold a framed copy of the 1875 amendment to a Treaty 1 annual payment agreement with the Government of Canada. (Image source: Taylor Brock/CTV News Winnipeg) Top Stories