Specific Claims: Progress Report April 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010

In June 2007, the Government of Canada announced an action plan to speed up the resolution of specific claims in order to provide justice to First Nation claimants and certainty for all Canadians. Canada's Specific Claims Action Plan is delivering concrete results.

To learn more about the process for resolving these claims, read about the key terms used in this report and review the Frequently Asked Questions About Specific Claims.

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What is Being Measured?

This report tracks overall progress in resolving specific claims in Canada between April 1, 2010 and September 30, 2010.

Progress: At a Glance

During this time, Canada addressed a total of 37 specific claims across the country. This number includes:

In addition, 27 claims were accepted for negotiation.

Past results

Compare this year's results with the record results from previous years.

Fiscal Year No. of Claims Addressed
2007-2008 54
2008-2009 118
2009-2010 141

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Resolving Specific Claims: Results from March 2008 to September 2010

Resolving Specific Claims - Results from March 31, 2008 to March 31, 2010

This graph shows how the overall federal inventory (shown in red) is decreasing and the number of finalized claims (shown in blue) is increasing. These results were tracked at key points throughout the first half of fiscal year 2010-2011.

Description of Resolving Specific Claims: Results from March 31, 2008 to September 30, 2010

The graph shows how the overall federal inventory is decreasing and the number of concluded claims is increasing. The results were tracked at key points throughout fiscal year 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.

On March 31, 2008, the graph shows there were 746 claims in the overall inventory and there were 543 concluded claims. On June 30, 2008, the overall inventory consisted of 702 claims and the total number of concluded claims was 587. On September 30, 2008, the number of claims in the overall inventory had decreased to 682 and the number of concluded claims had increased to 614. By December 31, 2008, the inventory had decreased again to 668 claims and the number of concluded claims had increased to 632.

On March 31, 2009, the graph shows there were 668 claims in the overall inventory and there were 656 concluded claims. On June 30, 2009, the overall inventory consisted of 654 claims and the total number of concluded claims was 690. On September 30, 2009, the number of claims in the overall inventory had decreased to 619 and the number of concluded claims had increased to 734. By December 31, 2009, the inventory had decreased again to 607 claims and the number of concluded claims had increased to 766.

By March 31, 2010, there were 588 claims in the inventory and 791 concluded claims. On June 30, 2010, the overall inventory consisted of 587 claims and the total number of concluded claims was 805. On September 30, 2010, the number of claims in the overall inventory had decreased to 575 and the number of concluded claims had increased to 828.

Definitions

Specific claims
Specific claims deal with the past grievances of First Nations. These grievances relate to Canada's obligations under historic treaties or the way it managed First Nation funds or assets.
Inventory
Claims within the federal inventory are claims that are still being processed by the government and have not yet been resolved. This includes both claims that are under assessment and claims in negotiations.
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