Northern squatter asked to leave today

Monday, September 08, 2003 at 12:57




A Beauval area man has been served an eviction notice today to leave his home.


Norman Bonneau was summoned by the provincial government to appear in a North Battleford court last Thursday for occupying crown property between Green Lake and Beauval.


A judge agreed with the government’s view that Bonneau was occupying the land illegally and granted the province an order of possession.


That means the buildings that Bonneau constructed and brought to the property now belong to the government.


Bonneau says he has researched the land rights of North American Aboriginal people and does not accept the legal claim to the land by the province through the 1930 Land Transfer Act.


Yesterday a group of concerned Aboriginal people set up camp at Bonneau’s home to show their support.


A family spokesperson says Bonneau isn’t planning on leaving the property on his own and isn’t sure what measure the government will take to get him to leave.


Bonneau and his family have been clearing and living on the property about 42 kilometres south of Beauval for over a year.


Bonneau has not been available for comment.