Settling specific claims brings long-term benefits to First Nation communities. The settlements enable First Nations to strengthen the social and economic well-being of their communities, invest financial resources and embark on new development.

On October 16, 2008 the Specific Claims Tribunal Act received royal asset. The legislation creates an independent tribunal with the power to make binding decisions on the validity of and compensation for specific claims. The Tribunal is a key part of a new governmental approach to improve and speed up the resolution of specific claims across the country. This timely conference will address how the process is working, concerns, and next steps.