The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will be hosting regional dialogue sessions for First Nations and their technicians in the fall of 2019. These sessions will provide First Nations an important opportunity to share their ideas on how to create a fully independent specific claims process.
Please join the AFN for a day long facilitated discussions on specific claims reform in your region. Topics will include equitable access, sustainable funding, fairness, integrating Indigenous legal principles, and independence.
First Nations have advocated for an independent specific claims process for over four decades, repeatedly raising concerns about Canada’s control over funding, access to negotiations and evidence, resulting in delay and a backlog of unresolved claims.
Sparked by the legislated five-year review of the Specific Claims Tribunal Act and a 2016 report of the Office of the Auditor General, Canada committed to work jointly with the Assembly of First Nations and First Nations to substantively reform the specific claims process and policy.
In 2017, the Chiefs-in-Assembly passed AFN Resolution 91-2017, Support for a Fully Independent Specific Claims Process, calling on Canada to work in equal partnership with the AFN and First Nations to develop a ‘fully’ independent process with “the goal of achieving the just resolution of Canada’s outstanding lawful obligations through good faith negotiations.”
Please see below the draft engagement schedule, draft agenda, supporting documents, and registration information. If you have any further questions, please contact Rikki McDonald at [email protected].
Register for our National Dialogue Sessions
All participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register.
Register and pay ONLINE at www.afn.ca. You will receive a confirmation email. Major credit cards accepted (VISA, MasterCard and American Express).
Limited funding is available to help offset the cost of travel and accommodation for First Nations. Please submit original receipts to Rikki McDonald to receive up to $250.00 in travel support. Funding support is limited to one delegate per First Nation. Receipts must be submitted no later than 30 days following the session you attended.
If you do not have a preferred travel agent and require assistance making your travel arrangements, please contact Tyler Brennan at Flight Centre Business Travel.