As cited in the article, the negotiation and settlement of the above-mentioned timber claim by the Sturgeon Lake First Nation leadership and membership took eight (8) years to complete. Negotiations were finally completed in August of 2000, for what the Chief and Council believed was a reasonable settlement in this long-term dispute with the Government of Canada (PAGC Annual Report, p. 37). The following notes the settlement amount and the approach implemented for the ratification process and approval by the membership of the Sturgeon Lake First Nation:
- The settlement amount for the timber claim was $4,550,000.00 dollars, for the over cutting of timber on the Sturgeon Lake reserve, contrary to the terms of the of the 1906 Timber Surrender plus research and ratification costs incurred by the Sturgeon Lake First Nation;
- Information sessions were well attended by the membership residing in cities of Saskatoon and Prince Albert, as well as on the Sturgeon Lake reserve. In addition, mail out packages were sent to all the membership, to ensure that everyone was well informed, and to be able to vote in person or by mail;
- The final ratification vote for the approval of the negotiated settlement of Sturgeon Lake timber claim was held on February 23rd, 2001, with an overwhelming vote in favor of the acceptance of the settlement (596 in favor, 21 were opposed and 1 ballot was spoiled).
Further, it was stated: Based on the referendum, the settlement funds were locked into an interest bearing account until a second referendum is held, likely in the fall of 2001, to decide on the proper use of the funds for the long term benefit of the First Nation (PAGC Annual Report, p. 37).