GATINEAU, QUEBEC (September 7, 2007) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of the Honourable David Crombie as Chief Federal Negotiator in an outstanding First Nations specific claim (the 1805 Toronto Purchase) with the Mississaugas of the New Credit (MNC) First Nation. 

"Mr. Crombie brings years of first-hand knowledge of Aboriginal issues to these negotiations, and possesses the qualifications needed to make concrete progress at the table," said Minister Strahl. "His appointment demonstrates the commitment of Canada's New Government to resolve long-standing Aboriginal claims." 

Mr. Crombie served as Mayor of Toronto from 1972 to 1978 and as Member of Parliament from 1978 to 1988, during which time he served in three different federal Cabinet posts, including Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. 

The MNC's specific claim concerns the 1805 Toronto Purchase and its relationship to a previous 1787 transaction. Through the 1805 transaction, the Mississaugas surrendered much of what is now metropolitan Toronto. 

Negotiators for the parties will work towards an agreement on what constitutes fair compensation for the losses to the First Nation as a result of the 1805 Toronto Purchase. The current ownership of that land is not in question and is not at issue in this claim. 

For the most part, specific claims deal with the outstanding grievances that First Nations may have regarding Canada's fulfillment of its obligations under historic treaties or its administration of First Nation lands or other assets under the Indian Act. 

Canada has recently developed a decisive new approach to accelerate the resolution of specific claims in order to provide justice for First Nation claimants and certainty for government, industry and all Canadians.

Biographical Note - The Honourable David Crombie, PC, OC

David Crombie is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). The CUI was established in 1990 by the City of Toronto and the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto. It is a non-profit organization mandated to provide solutions to important issues that impact the quality of life in urban areas and communicate those solutions to a wide audience through a variety of media. In addition to his role at CUI, Mr. Crombie is currently Chair of Ontario Place Corporation, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, and President of David Crombie & Associates Inc.

Mr. Crombie served as Mayor of Toronto from 1972 to 1978 and as Member of Parliament from 1978 to 1988, during which time he served in three different federal Cabinet posts: Minister of Health and Welfare, Minister of Indian and Northern Development and Secretary of State. He is founding Chair of Toronto's Waterfront Regeneration Trust and has served as Chancellor of Ryerson University and was conferred the title of Chancellor Emeritus in 2006.

Mr. Crombie has received a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Toronto for his contribution to his native Toronto and a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Waterloo for his contribution to the quality of life of Canadians and the environment. He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.