[ON YOUR LETTERHEAD]
Anik Dupont, Director General,
Specific Claims Branch, AANDC,
10 Wellington Street,
Gatineau Quebec, K1A 0H4
RE: Submission to Canada’s Five Year Review of the Specific Claims Action Plan: Justice at Last
Dear Minister Duncan,
Please accept this as the [Insert name of First Nation] submission to Canada’s mandated five year review
of the Specific Claims Action Plan: Justice at Last.
The [Insert name of First Nation] traditional territory [DESCRIBE Location].
Consider listing the number and make up of your reserves: “we currently hold seven reserves, a
number of which are the subject of potential specific claim investigations.” At some point in
your submission, you may want to provide specific examples from one or more of your claims.
Consider describing the circumstances under which your reserves were created (allotted as part
of BC reserve creation process, treaties, etc.). You may refer back to this in this submission.
Justice at Last promised to bring about the fair just and timely resolution of specific claims through
negotiation and mediation so that Canada’s lawful obligations with respect to Indian lands and assets
were finally fulfilled and resolved. This was to be achieved through a number of measures:
1. Creating “impartiality and fairness” through the creation of a new Independent Claims Tribunal
with the power to make “binding decisions”.
2. Establishing “greater transparency” through “new funding arrangements” to determine “how
well the government is handling claims” and whether “adequate funding is available”.
3. “Faster processing” of claims to “improve internal government procedures”, with “separate
arrangements” to handle claims over $150 million.
4. “Better access to mediation” through a “neutral third party” where “every reasonable effort will
be made to achieve negotiated settlements and cases would only go to the tribunal when all
other avenues have been exhausted”.
Justice at Last also renewed and strengthened Canada’s commitment to pursue settlement of Specific
Claims through negotiations.
[Insert name of First Nation]] respectfully submits that the Specific Claims Branch / Canada has failed to
implement Justice at Last in a manner consistent with its intent. This is outlined in detail in two
submissions that have already been made to the Five Year Review:
1. Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs/Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council Joint Submission to
Canada for the Five Year Review of the Specific Claims Action Plan: Justice at Last June 26, 2012
2. Justice Delayed - Assembly of First Nations Submission to Canada for the Five Year Review of the
Specific Claims Action Plan: “Justice at Last” March 31.
Therefore, [Insert name of First Nation] endorses the formal submissions made to the five year review
by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs/Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council (UBCIC/NNTC) and the Assembly of
First Nations (AFN).
Consider adding your own comments and observations or details about how the failure of
Justice at Last has impacted your community.
[Insert name of First Nation] fully endorses and supports the UBCIC/NNTC and AFN submissions and
urges Canada to fulfill the promises made in Justice at Last and its lawful obligations with respect to
CC/ (Suggested for your consideration)
Minister John Duncan, AANDC Executive Offices
Union of BC Indian Chiefs
House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Pierre Nantel – NDP Deputy Critic Canadian Heritage
Tyrone Benskin, NDP Critic for Canadian Heritage
AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
All BC First Nations or All First Nations
BC AFN Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould
First Nations Summit