Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Cottagers forced to leave after land returned to Ontario First Nation

TORONTO (CP) - Cottagers have until Wednesday to pack up their belongings and walk away from cottages that some built themselves after the land they have leased on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula for 40 years reverts back to the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation.

Some 68 cottagers on Hope Bay were told in a December letter they had until Jan. 31 to clear out because the Chippewas aren't renewing the long-term lease that made it possible to rent the land to non-reserve residents.

Cottagers were told in the letter they cannot "remove or dismantle" any buildings on the land since they are now considered property of the First Nation.

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