In 2013, Nipissing voted to accept an offer of $124 million from government negotiators as a land claim settlement that reflected the validity of Nipissing’s research that the reserve boundary was incorrectly surveyed after the 1850 Robinson Huron Treaty, resulting in a smaller reserve than agreed upon.
An initial Per Capita Distribution (PCD) occurred in 2013, but the majority of the funds were placed in trust to maximize the benefit to current and future nation citizens.
The trust is designed to benefit the current generation by allowing Nipissing to use interest revenues to invest in community, social and economic development initiatives, while also preserving the wealth for future generations.
In order to be eligible to receive the Per Capita Distribution (PCD), one must have been a registered Nipissing First Nation member at the time of the settlement agreement on May 30, 2013. PCD funds for individuals under the age of eighteen (18) years were put in trust until they turn 18. Eligible individuals can request the funds using the Nipissing PCD Release Form.
Power of Attorney
If you have a Power of Attorney for any registered member who is entitled to receive the Per Capita Distribution (PCD), please contact Georgina Villeneuve of Peace Hills Trust to ensure that Peace Hills has all the appropriate documentation to have the PCD properly administered. Inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call her direct line at 1-780-428-7228.
Forms & Memos
- Nipissing PCD Release Form
- Memo re: Treatment of Land Claim Settlement Payments
Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients
** Please ensure that you submit a copy of your ID with forms **
Potential Future Per Capital Distributions
What does the Trust say about potential future Per Capita Distributions (PDC)?
The Trust states that a Per Capita Distribution (dipping into the capital of the Trust), cannot happen if a Per Capita Distribution has occurred in the last 10 calendar years. The first Per Capita Distribution payment occurred in November of 2013 so the next capital distribution cannot occur until November 2023 at the earliest.
Then, the Trust states that the capital distribution cannot take the Trust value below $100,000,000. So between now and 2023, the Trust must grow above $100,000,000 in order for a potential future PCD to be made. For example: if the Trust’s market value was $125,000,000 then what could potentially be distributed would be a maximum of $25,000,000 dollars.
Therefore, future Per Capita Distributions can only be made after 10 years from the previous one and only to a maximum amount that ensures $100,000,000 “remains in” the trust.
- Scott McLeod – Elected Chief Trustee
- Muriel Sawyer – Elected Deputy Chief Trustee
- Rick Stevens – 1st Council Trustee
- Meriza George – Nipissing Trustee
- Matt McLeod – Nipissing Trustee
- Tim Laronde – Nipissing Trustee
- Peace Hills Trust – Corporate Trustee
Quarterly Newsletters & Financial Statements
The Nipissing Boundary Claim Trust issues quarterly newsletters as well as audited annual financial statements that can be viewed here.
Any questions or concerns can be addressed by emailing email@example.com, or by calling the Lands Office at 705-753-2922.