Through the coming into force of the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada Act, on November 1, 2014, the Government of Canada is consolidating the provision of support services to eleven administrative tribunals – including the Specific Claims Tribunal Canada – into a single organization, the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada (ATSSC). This administrative change does not affect the mandate of the Specific Claims Tribunal. Case matters will continue to be filed, managed and safeguarded in accordance with existing Specific Claims Tribunal procedures.
The Specific Claims Tribunal, established on October 16, 2008, is part of the Federal Government’s Justice at Last policy and joint initiative with the Assembly of First Nations aimed at accelerating the resolution of specific claims in order to provide justice for First Nations claimants and certainty for government, industry and all Canadians.
For the first time in Canadian history First Nations will now have a choice to file a claim with the Tribunal - an independent adjudicative body comprised of up to 6 full time Federal judges appointed from Provincial Superior Courts across the country.
The term “specific claims” generally refers to monetary damage claims made by a First Nation against the Crown regarding the administration of land and other First Nation assets and to the fulfillment of Indian treaties that have not been accepted for negotiation or that have not been resolved through a negotiated settlement within a specified time frame.
This site contains information about the Specific Claims Tribunal, its Members, enabling legislation, claims and responses that have been filed, the full text of final and binding decisions, in addition to information about the Registry of the Tribunal.
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