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  • Trustee Meeting : Thursday October 26, 2017

    Location: Council Chambers
    Purpose:

    Members are welcome to attend Trustee meeting, if you would like to address the Trust please provide your request in writing to the Trust Administration Manager.

  • Membership Meeting : Saturday November 4, 2017

    Location: Community Centre
    Purpose:

    To provide update on Community Development Funds spent to date in current fiscal.

    Live Feed Address: No live feed for this meeting.

     

  • Annual General Meeting : Falll 2018

    Location:
    Purpose:

    Live Feed address and documents for meeting are available on Members Only Section under “Community Meetings”

Vision Statement:

To support the current and future social and economic well-being of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and its Members

Mission Statement:

  • Preserve capital
  • Growth of investment funds to support sustainable & on-going nation- building initiatives
  • Generating income
  • Investing in our future

Guiding Principles:

  • Respect for Anishinaabe beliefs and traditions
  • Transparency & Accountability
  • Fairness & Equity
  • Responsible Management of the Fund
  • Building Relationships & Partnerships

History of the Big Bear Creek Land Claim

1818-1822 In the Longwoods Treaty, the Crown agrees to establish separate reserves for the Chippewas of the Thames and the Big Bear Creek nations
1830’s The Crown sells the Big Bear Creek lands without consultation or compensation. The Big Bear Creek people are moved to the Chippewas of the Thames reserve.
August 1999 The Big Bear Creek Land Claim was submitted to Canada by the Chippewas of Thames First Nation
August 2008 Canada agrees to accept the claim for negotiation under the Specific Claims Policy
March 2012 Canada presented a settlement offer to the Chippewas of the Thames
January 28, 2013 Chippewas of the Thames Chief & Council decide to present the final negotiated Settlement Agreement to the community for approval
March 23, 2013 The Settlement Agreement and the Big Bear Creek Trust Agreement was approved by First Nation members in a vote
November 6, 2013 Big Bear Creek Member Trustees are appointed to a 4 year term by Band Council Resolution
November 25, 2013 Canada approved the Settlement Agreement
December 4, 2013 Canada transferred $ 119,998,658.00 in settlement funds to the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
December 9, 2013 Formal signing ceremony held in the community between Canada and the Chippewas of the Thames. A Trustee Inauguration Ceremony was held to recognize the four appointed Member Trustees and the Corporate Trustee.

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Copyright: Chippewas of the Thames First Nation 2013

Big Bear Creek Specific Claim Settlement Agreement

The Big Bear Creek Specific Claim Settlement Agreement dated January 28, 2013 was negotiated between Canada and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.  It was accepted by Members of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in a community ratification vote that was held on March 23, 2013. The Big Bear Creek Specific Land Claim Settlement Agreement compensates the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation for the loss of 5,120 acres of Reserve land that was set aside under the Longwoods Treaty. This land was sold by the Crown in the 1830’s without the consent of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. The financial compensation provided by Canada to the First Nation as a result of this Settlement Agreement was for $ 119,998,658.

Big Bear Creek Trust Agreement

The Big Bear Creek Trust Agreement dated February 2, 2013 was accepted by Members of the Chippewas of the Thames in a community ratification vote that was held on March 23, 2013.

The Big Bear Creek Trust Agreement includes the First Nation’s plans for managing the Settlement Funds. The document includes direction on the Purpose of the Trust, Trustee Appointments, Powers and Duties, Authorized Investments and Managers , Uses of the Capital, Eligible Expenditures, Trust Amendment Processes and Duration and Termination of the Trust.

The Big Bear Creek Trustees and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation are required to follow the terms of the Big Bear Creek Trust Agreement .

Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and the Trustees acknowledge and agree that the funds to be paid by Canada to the Trust are intended to benefit Chippewas of the Thames First Nation as beneficiary of the Trust and to be administered by the Trustees subject to the terms and conditions set out in this Trust agreement.

Purpose of the Trust

4.1The overall purpose of this Trust is to promote the long-term benefit of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and its Members.

4.2The first purpose of this Trust is to provide Qualifying Members with an immediate benefit by way of a Per Capita Distribution.

4.3The second purpose of this Trust is to create an Income Stabilization Fund for all Elders so that no Elder will have to live in poverty.

4.4The third purpose of this Trust is to create an Education Savings Plan for all Members under the age of nineteen.

4.5The fourth purpose of this Trust is to create a Community Development Account to assist the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in areas such as researching, submitting and negotiating further land claims, education, health, housing, including repairs to existing homes or to assist Members in purchasing their first home on or off reserve through a mortgage guarantee program, culture, economic and community development, the environment or to new or existing initiatives that have been identifies in the Comprehensive Community Plan.

4.6Another related purpose of this Trust is to enable the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation to acquire land to be added to reserve in accordance Article 3 of the Settlement Agreement.