Negotiation News

The Government of Canada has a policy and process in place for resolving specific claims through negotiations. Canada is committed to working with its partners to negotiate fair and final settlements for the benefit of all Canadians.

Why Negotiate?

Ultimately, righting past wrongs is simply the right thing to do. Settling claims helps Canadians come to terms with our history while bringing closure to longstanding grievances for First Nations.

Negotiated settlements help rebuild relationships and generate benefits for all Canadians. These benefits include economic benefits, new opportunities for business partnerships and certainty for First Nations, industry and area communities. Negotiations lead to "win-win" situations that balance the interests of all Canadians.

Want to know more? Check out the following resources:

Other questions? Review our Frequently Asked Questions.

How many claims are in negotiations in Canada?

Get an overview of claims in progress across the country. To find out which First Nations are currently in negotiations with Canada to settle outstanding specific claims, search the public status report.

Search the settlement report to learn about specific claims resolved through negotiated settlements.

You may also be interested in these negotiation updates from across the country…

By Province

Alberta

Below you will find negotiation news and background on some of the specific claims in the province. The claims highlighted here have either been resolved through negotiated settlements or the negotiation process is still ongoing. Search the public status report for a complete list of the claims settled or under negotiation in the province.

Bigstone Cree Nation

British Columbia

Below you will find negotiation news and background on some of the specific claims in the province. The claims highlighted here have either been resolved through negotiated settlements or the negotiation process is still ongoing. Search the public status report for a complete list of the claims settled or under negotiation in the province.

Mamalilikulla-Qwe'Qwa'Sot'Em First Nation
Oregon Jack First Nation
Osoyoos First Nation
Skeetchestn First Nation
Seton Lake Indian Band
  • Canada, Seton Lake Indian Band and Province of British Columbia Reach Final Agreement on Settlement (March 17, 2008)
  • Cut-off Lands Specific Claims of Seton Lake, Gitwangak, Metlakatla and Lax Kw'alaams  (November 4, 2008)
  • Successful First Nation Ratification of the Seton Lake Cut-Off Settlement  (November 13, 2007)
Skway First Nation
  • Dyke & Road Right of Way on Skway IR #5 specific claim

Manitoba

Below you will find negotiation news and background on some of the specific claims in the province. The claims highlighted here have either been resolved through negotiated settlements or the negotiation process is still ongoing. Search the public status report for a complete list of the claims settled or under negotiation in the province.

Peguis First Nation
  • Canada, Peguis First Nation and Manitoba Reach Land Claim Settlement (July 17, 2008)
Roseau River First Nation
  • Roseau River First Nation's 1903 Surrender Specific Claim
Long Plain First Nation
  • Long Plain First Nation's "Loss of Use" Claim

New Brunswick

Below you will find negotiation news and background on some of the specific claims in the province. The claims highlighted here have either been resolved through negotiated settlements or the negotiation process is still ongoing. Search the public status report for a complete list of the claims settled or under negotiation in the province.

Madawaska Maliseet First Nation
Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation
Tobique First Nation
Woodstock First Nation

Ontario

Below you will find negotiation news and background on some of the specific claims in the province. The claims highlighted here have either been resolved through negotiated settlements or the negotiation process is still ongoing. Search the public status report for a complete list of the claims settled or under negotiation in the province. You may also be interested in this fact sheet regarding the Sauble Beach Litigation.

Caldwell First Nation
  • Negotiations on the Caldwell First Nation's Specific Claim
    • Announcement (January 2010)
    • Fact Sheet (January 2010)
    • Frequently Asked Questions (January 2010)
    • Newsletter (January 2007)
Coldwater-Narrows Land Claim
Chippewa Tri-Council
Fort William First Nation
Michipicoten First Nation
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
Wikwemikong
  • Wikwemikong Islands Claim Negotiations

Quebec

Below you will find negotiation news and background on some of the specific claims in the province. The claims highlighted here have either been resolved through negotiated settlements or the negotiation process is still ongoing. Search the public status report for a complete list of the claims settled or under negotiation in the province.

Kanesatake
  • Minister Strahl Appoints Chief Representative in Connection with Seigneury of Lake of Two Mountains Specific Land Claim (January 15, 2009)
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
Innu of Pessamit

Saskatchewan

Below you will find negotiation news and background on some of the specific claims in the province. The claims highlighted here have either been resolved through negotiated settlements or the negotiation process is still ongoing. Search the public status report for a complete list of the claims settled or under negotiation in the province.

Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement
English River First Nation
Muskoday First Nation
Sturgeon Lake First Nation
George Gordon First Nation

Definitions

Specific claims
Specific claims deal with the past grievances of First Nations. These grievances relate to Canada's obligations under historic treaties or the way it managed First Nation funds or assets. (return to source paragraph)