Specific Claims Tribunal of Canada

 

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1. General Information

Background

The Specific Claims Tribunal is an independent tribunal established under the Specific Claims Tribunal Act (which came into force on October 16, 2008) to adjudicate First Nations’ grievances against the Crown. The Tribunal has the express mandate of deciding specific claims including claims related to the non-fulfilment of treaties, fraud, illegal leases and dispositions, and inadequate compensation for reserve lands or other assets. The purpose of the Specific Claims Tribunal Act is to resolve outstanding grievances and to encourage reconciliation between First Nations and the Crown.

The Specific Claims Tribunal Act provides for an administrative infrastructure, the Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal, to support the work of the Tribunal.

The Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal reports to Parliament through the Minster of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Responsibilities

The Specific Claims Tribunal Act provides for an administrative infrastructure in support of the work of the Specific Claims Tribunal through the Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal. The Registry is designated as a government department under Schedule I.1 of the Financial Administration Act and therefore must adhere to federal public administration policies including the preparation of this report. This report pertains to the activities of the Registry in support to the Tribunal, not to the Tribunal claims themselves.

The Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal supports all aspects of the Tribunal’s work to ensure that the Tribunal can hold hearings. The Registry is also the repository for filing claims and all documents and orders for all claims brought before the Tribunal.

Although the Registry’s offices are located in Ottawa, it provides services throughout Canada to Tribunal Members, First Nations, the Crown and the public.