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Canada’s Broken River Lot Promises to the Sault Métis Community

In the autumn of 1850, government-appointed Treaty Commissioner William B. Robinson, made a promise on behalf of the Crown that the lands on which the Sault Ste. Marie Métis Community resided on along the St. Mary’s River would be respected and protected.

These Métis lands were organized into narrow family river lots; a pattern recognizable throughout the Métis Nation Homeland, and shared by other Métis communities including Batoche, the Red River, and St. Albert.

These Métis river lots were located in what is now downtown Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Commissioner Robinson’s promises were recorded in the written record as well as Métis oral history. However, they were soon broken and remain unfulfilled to this day.

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