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First Nations researchers release open letter to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly

26.5.17

First Nations researchers release open letter to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly: (Indigenous claims researchers from different areas of Canada released this open letter today, which was sent to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.)

Dear Minister Bennett,

We are a long-standing national group of specific claims research directors working on behalf of Indigenous Nations and committed to the just, fair, and timely resolution of specific claims in Canada. Here we present a response to the November 2016 report by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), First Nations Specific Claims—Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). This response, called Taking Action, Building Trust, translates recommendations from the audit process into concrete, tangible actions that Canada can undertake within the next six months.

As you know, the audit found that, over the past eight years, changes to funding and negotiation practices at INAC resulted in significant barriers for Indigenous Nations seeking just resolution of specific claims. As well, the audit criticized INAC’s approach to public communication and reporting, noting that the Department misrepresented progress on claims resolution and failed to communicate even basic program changes to Indigenous Nations.


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