Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

February 15, 2009 15:00 ET

Extraordinary Progress Settling Specific Claims in British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians today announced that 31 specific claims have been settled in British Columbia since the launch of Canada's action plan on specific claims.

These settlements were reached between June 2007 and the end of December 2008 at 14 different negotiating tables involving 13 British Columbia First Nations. The Government of Canada's contribution to these settlements totaled approximately $8.9 million in financial compensation.

"These shared achievements show what can be accomplished when partners work together to find common solutions," said Minister Strahl. "These settlements demonstrate that Canada is taking decisive action to speed up the resolution of specific claims and deliver concrete results."

Specific claims deal with the past grievances of First Nations. Negotiated settlements resolve these longstanding grievances for the benefit of all Canadians. About half of the outstanding specific claims in Canada are located in British Columbia.

The Government of Canada launched its Specific Claims Action Plan(http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/al/ldc/spc/index-eng.asp) in June of 2007 to accelerate and improve claims resolution in order to provide justice to First Nation claimants and certainty for all Canadians.

This news release and the accompanying fact sheet are also available on the Internet at: www.inac.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister's Office
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160