Skeetchestn First Nation Railway and Deadman's Creek Specific Claims

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.

The Skeetchestn is located near Kamloops British Columbia. The Skeetchesen Indian Band had two current specific claims. One concerns inadequate compensation for a railway right of way through the reserve. A second concerns mis-administration of a lease of a large part of the First Nation's Deadman's Creek Indian Reserve.

The claims were submitted to the department in 1987 and after a thorough review, were accepted for negotiation by the department in 1992. A final agreement was initialled by the negotiators on December 13, 2006 and ratified by the community on February 28, 2007. The settlement agreement for both claims was finalized in March, 2007.

Under the settlement, Canada will pay $4,777,000 in compensation and an additional $249,865 in trust to cover the community's negotiating costs.

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.