Progress Report – Specific Claims 2010–2011
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.
What is Being Measured?
This report tracks overall progress in resolving specific claims in Canada between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011.
Progress: At a Glance
During this time, Canada addressed a total of 133 specific claims across the country. This number includes:
- 18 claims settled through negotiation (Search the settlement report in the reporting centre for more details)
- another 95 claims that were not accepted for negotiation on the basis that the claims did not give rise to any lawful obligations
- 20 claims that were addressed by means of file closure.
In addition, 31 claims were accepted for negotiation.
Compare this year's results with the record results from previous years.
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You Wanted to Know:
- How many claims are still outstanding in Canada?
- What progress was made during the first half of the 2010-2011 fiscal year?
- How many claims were in the inventory before the launch of the Action Plan? Review a graph showing the growth in the inventory from 1993 to 2007.
Resolving Specific Claims
Results from March 2008 to March 2011
Text description of Figure of Resolving Specific Claims - Results from March 31, 2008 to March 31, 2011
The graph shows how the overall federal inventory is decreasing and the number of concluded claims is increasing. The results were tracked at key points throughout fiscal year 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.
On March 31, 2008, the graph shows there were 741 claims in the overall inventory and there were 547 concluded claims. On June 30, 2008, the overall inventory consisted of 702 claims and the total number of concluded claims was 591. On September 30, 2008, the number of claims in the overall inventory had decreased to 685 and the number of concluded claims had increased to 618. By December 31, 2008, the inventory had decreased again to 668 claims and the number of concluded claims had increased to 638.
On March 31, 2009, the graph shows there were 670 claims in the overall inventory and there were 656 concluded claims. On June 30, 2009, the overall inventory consisted of 656 claims and the total number of concluded claims was 690. On September 30, 2009, the number of claims in the overall inventory had decreased to 621 and the number of concluded claims had increased to 735. By December 31, 2009, the inventory had decreased again to 609 claims and the number of concluded claims had increased to 766.
By March 31, 2010, there were 591 claims in the inventory and 792 concluded claims. On June 30, 2010, the overall inventory consisted of 590 claims and the total number of concluded claims was 805. On September 30, 2010, the number of claims in the overall inventory had decreased to 577 and the number of concluded claims had increased to 829. By December 31, 2010, the inventory consisted of 529 claims and there were 890 concluded claims. On March 31, 2011, the number of concluded claims had increased to 923 claims and the inventory had decreased to 504 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.
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