Agenda - September 25th, 2013

  9:00

Welcome, Introduction and Specific Claims Tribunal Update

 

David C. Knoll, Knoll & Co. Law Corporation

 
  • Update on the operation of the Specific Claims Tribunal
  • Administrative issues encountered by the Specific Claims Tribunal
  • What to consider before proceeding to the Specific Claims Tribunal

  9:20

Case Study: Kitselas First Nation v. HMTQ – Claimant’s Perspective

 

Stan H. Ashcroft, Ashcroft & Company

 
  • Review of the Kitselas decision and appeal
  • Practical considerations in proceeding
  • Specific Claims Tribunal process issues and concerns
  • Procedural steps in the process
  • Evidentiary and procedural issues encountered
  • Lessons learned

10:00

Questions and Discussion

10:10

Refreshment Adjournment

10:25

Specific Claim Submissions: Research, Drafting and Submission

 

Allan Donovan, Donovan & Company
Tara J. Smock, Joan Holmes & Associates Inc.

 
  • Best research practices and practical research tips
  • Common research problems and current challenges
  • Satisfying the threshold of the Minimum Standard For Filing a Specific Claim Submission with the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • The statutory requirements
  • Common law considerations
  • Best practices in drafting specific claim submissions and reports
  • Common problems in drafting and filing specific claim submissions

11:25

Questions and Discussion

11:35

Specific Claims: Process and Tribunal Issues

 

David C. Knoll, Knoll & Co. Law Corporation

 
  • Declarations of Claim: Rules, Practice Directions and best practices
  • Common procedural issues before the Specific Claims Tribunal
  • Ambiguities in legislation and procedure: What issues have arisen at the Specific Claims Tribunal? What interpretations are being advanced?
  • Evidentiary issues: What evidence can be disclosed to the Specific Claims Tribunal regarding issues that have arisen in negotiations?
  • Common concerns about the claims process: application of minimum standards, negotiations, basis for acceptance or rejection and other process issues
  • Good faith negotiation?
  • Scope of Specific Claims Tribunal jurisdiction over claims process issues

12:20

Questions and Discussion

12:30

Luncheon Adjournment

  2:00

Justice at Last: Specific Claims Action Plan – Five Year Review

 

Dr. Bruce Stadfeld McIvor, First Peoples Law

 
  • Overview of Justice at Last: Specific Claims Action Plan
  • How we got here
  • The current state of affairs
  • Where do we go from here?

  2:40

Questions and Discussion

  2:50

Refreshment Adjournment

  3:05

Tribunal Awards and Additions to Reserve (ATR) Process

 

Jayme Benson, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations

 
  • Overview of revisions to the ATR policy
  • Anticipated improvements to the ATR process resulting from policy revisions
  • Limit of Specific Claims Tribunal compensatory awards
  • Impact of the ATR process on Specific Claims Tribunal awards

  3:50

Questions and Discussion

  4:00

National Perspective on Claims Resolution

 

Tonio Sadik, Assembly of First Nations
Jody Woods, Union of BC Indian Chiefs

 
  • Current status of claims resolution in Canada
  • Canada’s policy on specific claims over $150 million
  • Federal engagement

  4:40

Questions and Discussion

  4:50

Chair’s Closing Remarks

  5:00

Forum Concludes for Day One

Agenda - September 26th, 2013

  9:00

Welcome and Introduction to Day Two

 

David C. Knoll, Knoll & Co. Law Corporation

  Workshop

  9:10

Preparing to Appear and Appearing Before the Specific Claims Tribunal: Practical Tips and Insight

 

Stan H. Ashcroft, Ashcroft & Company
Allan Donovan, Donovan & Company
David C. Knoll, Knoll & Co. Law Corporation

  11:50

Chair’s Closing Remarks

  12:00

Forum Concludes