Livestream Decision Endorsed by Robinson Huron Treaty First Nations – NNL

by ahnationtalk on January 9, 201853 Views

8 January 2018

Robinson Huron Treaty First Nations Laud Superior Court of Justice Decision to Allow Live Broadcasting of Landmark Treaty Case Manitoulin Island, Ont. – A Court Decision issued on January 5th, 2018, to allow internet live streaming and archiving of live stream video of the Robinson Huron Treaty (RHT) Annuity case, hailed as a step forward in reconciliation, was applauded by the Twenty-One Robinson Huron Treaty First Nations of northern Ontario, that launched the case. This is the first time in Canada that live streaming and the archiving of the live stream video is being allowed in a Superior Court trial, and reconciliation was cited, by Justice Patricia Hennessy, as one of the main reasons for allowing it.

The Robinson Huron Treaty case, which is being heard with another case involving the Robinson Superior Treaty, concerns the interpretation of an annuity “augmentation” clause, common to both the Robinson Treaties, signed in 1850. The clause provides for the increase of annuities paid to First Nations under the treaties if resource revenues allow for such an increase without incurring a loss.

The trial started in Thunder Bay in September 2017 and has moved throughout the Treaties Territory, including First Nation communities at Manitoulin Island and Garden River, near Sault Ste. Marie, the site of the Treaty signing in 1850.

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