Andrew Keewatin Jr., et al. v. Minister of Natural Resources, et al.

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Andrew Keewatin Jr., et al. v. Minister of Natural Resources, et al.

Case # 35379
Andrew Keewatin Jr., et al. v. Minister of Natural Resources, et al. (May 15, 2014)

In 1873, Canada and the Ojibway entered into Treaty 3 in respect of a large tract of land situated in what is now northwestern ontario and eastern Manitoba. That treaty contained a “harvesting clause” by virtue of which the Ojibway retained the right to hunt and fish throughout the tract of land. The clause allowed the hunting and fishing except on tracks taken up for lumbering or other purposes. In 2005, the Grassy Narrows First Nation launched an action against Ontario. The action came after a licence was issued enabling Abitibi-Consolidated inc. to clear-cut an area of land. The Grassy Narrows First Nation claims the licence interferes with its own harvesting rights.