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The Haldimand Treaty of 1784
Whereas His Majesty having been pleased to direct that in consideration of the early attachment to his cause manifested by the Mohawk Indians and of the loss of their settlement which they thereby sustained - that a ...   View More
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16. Oneida Township
In a petition of the Chiefs of Six Nations dated June 24, 1843, they reserved for their future residence all the lands on the south side of the Grand River lying between the Township of Cayuga and Burtch’s Landing (includes Oneida Township).

Order-in-Council dated October 4, 1843, is passed acceding to the lands as petitioned by Six Nations on the South Side of the Grand River as being reserved for them. Thus, Oneida Township being on the South Side of the Grand River and lying between Burtch’s Landing and Cayuga is considered as not having been surrendered, but reserved.

A Public Notice is then issued on March 28, 1844, relative to Six Nations lands stating that the lands on the South Side of the Grand River between the Townships of Brantford and Cayuga are set apart for the exclusive occupation of the Six Nations Indians.

Subsequently, on May 16, 1844 Samuel P. Jarvis reports on the petition by Mr. Bown on behalf of the squatters. Jarvis states that the lands from Burtch’s Landing to Cayuga as reserved for the Indians by an Order-in-Council of October 4, 1843, cannot be disposed of in fee simple without obtaining the consent of the Indians.


By Order-in-Council of 1843, the Township of Oneida was to form a part of the area the Crown reserved specific for Six Nations and as of 1995 the Six Nations Reserve consists of approximately 45,482.951 acres, being only a small portion of the lands said to be reserved for Six Nations.

The Township of Oneida on the south side of the Grand River is a portion of the Six Nations Tract that was never included in the purported surrender of 1841.

There is no lawful surrender from Six Nations to the Crown for the sale of any portion of the lands reserved for Six Nations.

Six Nations did not receive full and fair compensation for the lands sold.

The Crown is specifically and lawfully responsible for the Six Nations of the Grand River Indians and for the lands at issue and has not shown that all the purported sums paid were credited to the Six Nations Trust Fund Accounts.

**These are brief summaries and they are subject to change as additional research information may be acquired
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