Government Commitments: Treaties and Land Claims

Exploring Theme: "Specific Claims"

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March 14, 2024

English River First Nation and the Government of Canada sign agreement on Canada’s failure to uphold the cows and ploughs promise in Treaty 10

NationTalk: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – English River First Nation, Patuanak, Treaty 10 Territory, Saskatchewan – Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. The Government of Canada is working to renew the relationships between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples in Canada based on the affirmation of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. Chief Alfred...

February 21, 2024

Matsqui First Nation receives $59M for loss of land 116 years ago

Claim involves land removed from Matsqui reserve in 1908 by Canada to build a tramway CBC News: The Matsqui First Nation will receive $59 million under Canada’s Specific Claim Policy for the historic loss of reserve land going back 116 years. The claim involves a corridor of land that was removed from the Matsqui reserve in 1908 by Canada, and given to the Vancouver...

November 23, 2023

Saskatchewan to stop holding back income assistance from First Nations people who receive settlement payments

‘Our government remains committed to the ongoing journey of reconciliation,’ says social services minister CBC Indigenous: The Government of Saskatchewan announced Wednesday that it will stop withholding income assistance from First Nations people who receive more than $15,000 in per capita distributions from settlements. The comes a day after the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) expressed frustration...

November 10, 2023

Leq’á:mel First Nation and Government of Canada reach agreement to right historic wrong

First Nations Law Report: – Yahoo!Finance (CNW Group) – LEQ’Á:MEL FIRST NATION, DEROCHE, BC – Today, Chief Alice Thompson, Leq’á:mel First Nation, and the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that the First Nation and the Government of Canada have reached a settlement of the Leq’á:mel First Nation’s Klatwaas Colonial Reserve Reduction Specific Claim. Minister Anandasangaree will be joining Chief Thompson in...

September 22, 2023

Canada and Metlakatla First Nation Reach $150 Million Specific Claims Settlement Over Land Surrendered in 1906

Nationtalk: CFNR News: Canada will pay the Metlakatla First Nation $150 million after breaching its fiduciary obligations relating to land surrendered over a century ago. In 1906, the Nation surrendered portions of Kaien Island, Digby Island, and the Tsimpsean Peninsula to Ottawa. But, the Nation later discovered that Canada had breached their obligations by failing...

August 26, 2023

Federal government settles hundreds of millions worth of claims with Sask. First Nations

$150-million settlement with Muskowekwan Saulteaux Nation 1 of several announced this month First Nations across Saskatchewan are settling claims against the federal government for hundreds of millions of dollars. The settlements, known as “specific claims,” are designed to correct historic injustices. The largest single claim was announced earlier this week. Muskowpetung Saulteaux Nation will receive the...

November 7, 2022

Update on AFN-Canada Specific Claims Co-Development Process

NationTalk: SUMMARY: Specific Claims Co-Development Process On November 3, 2022 Regional Chief Prosper and Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller attended a public ceremony to launch the co-development of an independent specific claims process. This ceremony marked the formal launch of the Specific Claims Implementation Working Group (SCIWG). The AFN and the Government of Canada...

November 5, 2022

Co-development of new independent centre for special claims to get underway

First Peoples Law Report: WindSpeaker – After decades of advocating for changes in the federal government’s specific claims process, First Nations came one step closer to that realization Nov. 3. Work will get underway with Crown-Indigenous Relations and First Nations organizations on the creation of an independent resolution centre for the handling of specific claims....

August 4, 2022

Canada and the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation settle 1919 Soldier Settlement Board Surrender specific claim

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada: Today, Chief Kelly Wolfe of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation; and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and the Government of Canada have reached a settlement of the 1919 Soldier Settlement Board Surrender specific claim. This marks a significant step toward addressing...

July 15, 2020

Specific Claims Settlements

Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation A historic agreement has been concluded for the settlement of the Halifax County 1919 Invalid Surrender Specific Claim with Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation. The parties agreed upon a compensation amount of $49,204,071 to settle the specific claim. This specific claim addresses the issue of Canada breaching its...

August 27, 2019

Specific Claims Settlements

Popkum, Chawathil, Shxw’ōw’hámel, Skawahlook, Yale, Peters and Union Bar First Nations Negotiated settlements resolve a legal obligation owed by Canada to these First Nations when a reserve they held in common was transferred in 1959 to the then-newly formed Seabird Island First Nation without meaningful consent or compensation. The specific claim settlements will provide each...

March 18, 2019

Specific Claims Settlements

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation Signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding on reconciliation and the settlement agreement of 29 specific claims related to the surrender of reserve lands. The discussions under the Memorandum of Understanding will cover many topics, including Aboriginal title, rights recognition, socio-economic development, consultation and self-determination. The goal of this process is...

Specifc Claims Tribunal

The Specific Claims Tribunal, established on October 16, 2008, is part of the Federal Government’s Justice at Last policy and joint initiative with the Assembly of First Nations aimed at accelerating the resolution of specific claims in order to provide justice for First Nations claimants and certainty for government, industry and all Canadians. The term...

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