05/25/2015 16:44 EDT | Updated 05/25/2016 01:12 EDT

Mohawk council must release all claim to disputed Quebec territory to get $239 million

AKWESASNE, Ont. - The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne says Ottawa is offering $239 million as compensation for roughly 8,100 hectares of disputed territory located along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.In a statement today, the council stated the offer is subject to a community referendum and that it must renounce all further claims to the land to receive payment.Mohawk community members say the territory, called Tsikaristisere or "Dundee lands," was never officially surrendered to Canada and negotiations over the land have been on and off since the 1980s.The disputed territory is called Township of Dundee and is located in the southwest corner of Quebec.The council says the offer also provides for roughly 7,400 hectares of land to be turned into reserve territory, subject to certain conditions.

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