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Indigenous woman’s eviction highlights grey areas in divorce cases – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 2017227 Views

Mar 27, 2017

Tori Cress is not a band member where the lot is located, but believes she has marital claim to house

A woman on the Wahta Mohawk territory is getting kicked out of the home she built with her ex-husband without receiving a settlement she said is owed to her.

“I’m in a situation where there isn’t equality when the breakdown of a marriage happens,” said Tori Cress.

The federal government changed divorce and separation rights for those on reserves in 2014 but the 41-year-old Cress claims those laws aren’t being respected on the reserve near Muskoka, Ont.

The Ojibway and Pottawatomi member of the Beausoleil First Nation moved to the Wahta Mohawk territory 10 years ago, where she eventually met her future husband Neil Schell while working at a tobacco shop.

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