Specific Claims – Progress Report April 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010

In June 2007, the Government of Canada announced an action plan to speed up the resolution of specific claims in order to provide justice to First Nation claimants and certainty for all Canadians. Canada's Specific Claims Action Plan is delivering concrete results.

To learn more about the process for resolving these claims, read about the key terms used in this report and review the Frequently Asked Questions About Specific Claims.

What is Being Measured?

This report tracks overall progress in resolving specific claims in Canada between April 1, 2010 and September 30, 2010.

Progress: At a Glance

During this time, Canada addressed a total of 37 specific claims across the country. This number includes:

  • 4 claims settled through negotiation (Search the settlement report in the reporting centre for more details)
  • another 26 claims that were not accepted for negotiation on the basis that the claims did not give rise to any lawful obligations
  • 7 claims that were addressed by means of file closure.

In addition, 27 claims were accepted for negotiation.

Past results

Compare this year's results with the record results from previous years.

Fiscal Year No. of Claims Addressed
2007-2008 54
2008-2009 118
2009-2010 141

You Wanted to Know:

This graph shows how the overall federal inventory (shown in red) is decreasing and the number of finalized claims (shown in blue) is increasing. These results were tracked at key points throughout the first half of fiscal year 2010-2011.


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)

Claims within the federal inventory are claims that are still being processed by the government and have not yet been resolved. This includes both claims that are under assessment and claims in negotiations. (return to source paragraph)