Indian Specific Claims Commission

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Independent Commissions

II.7 Strategic Outcome: Indian Specific Claims Commission

Fair and impartial hearings of specific claims

Financial Resources ($ millions) Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending

Indian Specific Claims Commission 6.9 6.8 6.6


Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents) Planned Actual Difference

Indian Specific Claims Commission 50 45 (5)

II.7.1 Program Activity - INDIAN SPECIFIC CLAIMS COMMISSION

Description

The Commission conducts impartial inquiries when a First Nation disputes rejection of its specific claim by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, or when a First Nation disagrees with the compensation criteria to be used by the government in negotiating the settlement of its claim. As well as conducting formal inquiries, the Commission, at the request of the government and a First Nation, provides or arranges such mediation and facilitation services as may in their opinion assist them to reach an agreement with respect to any matter relating to Indian specific claims.

Legislation to set up a new Claims Resolution Centre received Royal Assent in November 2003. The government continues to work with First Nations and their representative organizations to address concerns related to the implementation of this legislation. During 2005-2006, INAC will work to clarify the future role and funding of the Indian Specific Claims Commission to ensure an orderly transition.

Contributes to Priority in 2005-2006 RPP

Inquire into specific land claims, at the request of a First Nation, when a claim has been rejected by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development or when a First Nation disagrees with the compensation criteria to be used by the government in negotiating the settlement of its claim; and provide mediation services for claims in negotiation.

Expected Result 1: Inquiries completed or progressing according to established timelines.
Deliverables and Timelines Actual Results
  In this past fiscal year, the Commission has worked on more than 60 ongoing inquiries and mediation efforts. The Commission's work in 2004-2005 included the completion of three inquiries. The completion of the three inquiries - two dealing with specific claims by the James Smith Cree Nation and one by the Cumberland House Cree Nation - marks an event unique in the history of the Commission. A report on a fourth inquiry was issued on a portion of a claim by James Smith Cree Nation, which is ongoing. The claims form part of a group of separate but related claims submitted to the Commission that essentially constitute two claims by two separate First Nations to the same reserve. Over a five-year period, in a process unprecedented in the Indian Specific Claims Commission's history, the inquiry panel proceeded concurrently through all of the claims.

The Indian Specific Claims Commission (ISCC) provided mediation/facilitation services in five completed claims. These included the Blood Tribe/Kainaiwa Akers surrender negotiations; Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Clench Defalcation negotiations; Keeseekoowenin First Nation 1906 surrender negotiations; Qu'Appelle Valley Indian Development Authority (QVIDA) flooding negotiations; and Touchwood Agency mismanagement (1920-1924) claim negotiations. In addition, the Commission is undertaking measures to ensure excellence of operations and continuing to expand its body of knowledge about specific claims.

How did these accomplishments support the priority?

By advancing these claims, First Nations and government realize that the ISCC is a neutral institution that can serve as a bridge between two parties and achieve positive results.

Performance Report