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Algonquin First Nation seeking land claim over Ottawa, Parliament Hill

Joggers make their way through Majors Hill Park in downtown Ottawa in view of Parliament Hill on Wednesday, March 17, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – An Ontario First Nation is seeking aboriginal title over much of downtown Ottawa, including Parliament Hill.

The claim was filed yesterday in Ontario’s Superior Court.

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The Algonquin Anishinabe First Nation says they’ve never ceded control over what they consider their traditional lands.

The claim includes islands in the Ottawa River, as well as a long stretch of shoreline that includes Parliament, the Supreme Court, the National Library and the Canadian War Museum.

The lawsuit seeks recognition that those are aboriginal lands, as well as negotiations with the federal government on “reconciliation” of that title.

The lawsuit also names the government of Ontario and the National Capital Commission.

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