Specific claims arise from Crown failures in respect of the administration of First Nations land and other First Nation assets, and from unfulfilled treaty promises. Resolving these historical grievances is critical to building trust and improving Crown-First Nations relationships, and to achieving the national project of reconciliation. In addition, the settlement of specific claims can bring long-term social and economic benefits to Indigenous communities.

In 2007, Canada announced its Justice At Last: Specific Claims Action Plan, aimed at improving the process and accelerating the resolution of specific claims. With 10 years’ experience, what progress has been made? How has the establishment of the Specific Claims Tribunal contributed to the just resolution of claims, and how is the Tribunal operating to date?

This forum assembles an expert faculty to provide delegates with an update on the progress made in the area of specific claims, including an update on policy and process, negotiations, and the operation of the Specific Claims Tribunal. Decisions from the Tribunal will be discussed, as well as long awaited insight from the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, faculty will provide delegates with in-depth information and practical advice with respect to researching, preparing and valuing specific claims, and will facilitate discussion on what further steps need to be taken to improve the process and accelerate the just resolution of specific claims.