The federal government has issued an official apology to the Williams Lake First Nation in central B.C. for the illegal settlement of its village lands. The apology came a year after a $135 million settlement was reached. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree issued the apology, expressing regret and accepting responsibility for the historic injustice. The settlement was the result of a legal battle that began in 1994, with Chief William’s letters and evidence playing a crucial role. Under the settlement, elders are eligible for a one-time payment of $25,000, and funds have been set aside for programs and services within the First Nation.