The Atikamekw of Opticiwan scored the win of the federal government Wednesday.
Claim dates back to 1800s
The federal Aboriginal Affairs department has used “misleading” and “false” statements to claim success in dealing with historical grievances known as specific claims, a new report has found.
A tribunal created to deal with historic First Nation grievances is slowly being smothered by the Harper government, said a British Columbia grand chief in response to revelations the independent body is now being relocated and stripped of the ability to run its own affairs.
First Nation Chiefs say Canada needs to improve the specific claims process by November 2015 or face “direct action.”
The federal Aboriginal Affairs department cut its specific claims research budget as part of on-going government-wide belt-tightening in a move that one senior British Columbia chief says is contributing to creating the same environment that produced the 1990 Oka crisis.
The Specific Claims Tribunal blasted a branch of Aboriginal Affairs for being “paternalistic, self-serving, arbitrary and disrespectful” in a recent ruling impacting the department’s “take-it-or-leave-it” gambit to settle historical claims with First Nations.
The Harper government and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation have settled a 200 year-old claim over sold reserve land that forced the relocation of a community.