Oregon Jack Creek First Nation - Nepa Indian Reserve Specific Claim
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Specific claims deal with past grievances of First Nations. These grievances relate to Canada's obligations under historic treaties or the way it managed First Nation funds or other assets. Settlements honour Canada's lawful obligations to First Nations and bring economic benefits to both First Nations and local communities as well as certainty for government, industry and non-Aboriginal Canadians.
Oregon Jack Creek First Nation is located in the Thompson Canyon in British Columbia. This specific claim concerns the surrender of Nepa Indian Reserve 4 in 1911. The reason for the surrender was because it was feared that irrigation would cause a landslide of a rail line located nearby. The First Nation claimed that they were not properly compensated for surrendering the reserve.
The claim was submitted to the department on 1990 and after a thorough review, was accepted for negotiation by the department in 1995. A final agreement was initialled by the negotiators on February 22, 2007 and ratified Chief and Council on behalf of the community on March 2, 2007. A settlement agreement was finalized in March,2007.
Under the settlement, Canada will pay $500,000 in compensation.
Since 1973, about 282 specific claims have been resolved through negotiated settlements. Canada's contribution to these settlements has ranged in value from $15,000 to $125 million, with an average settlement value of $6.5 million. In British Columbia alone there are currently 303 claims under review and another 40 under negotiation. Roughly 44 per cent of all specific claims in Canada originate in British Columbia.
If you would like more information on Canada's New Government's plan to accelerate the resolution of specific claims, visit Specific Claims Justice at Last.