January 20th, 2018

CP NewsAlert: Judge approves $90M settlement flooded Manitoba First Nations

By The Canadian Press on January 12, 2018.

The breach in the dike at the hoop and holler bend is seen along the Assiniboine River outside of Portage La Prairie, Man, Saturday, May 14, 2011. A settlement approval hearing is scheduled for a $90-million settlement stemming from a class action lawsuit launched by Lake St. Martin, Pinaymootang (Fairford), Little Saskatchewan and Dauphin River First Nations against the federal and provincial governments over 2011 flooding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

WINNIPEG – A judge has approved a $90-million payout to residents of four Manitoba Indigenous communities that were flooded out almost seven years ago.

The settlement resolves a class-action lawsuit filed by members of the Lake St Martin, Dauphin River, Little Saskatchewan and Pinaymootang First Nations.

The lawsuit alleged that members of the four First Nations were forced to leave their homes in 2011 when the Manitoba government diverted water from the Assiniboine River to reduce the risk of flooding in Winnipeg.

The federal and Manitoba governments had agreed to pay the $90 million to as many as 7,000 potential recipients, but the offer still needed a judge’s approval.

Justice James Edmond told Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg that the settlement is reasonable and offers a faster resolution than proceeding to trial.

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