2023 National Claims Research Workshop
Research and Transformative Change: Principles, Practices, and Possibilities
October 24-26, 2023
You are invited to attend the 33rd annual National Claims Research Workshop, taking place October 24th, 25th and 26th, 2023. This year the event will be held on səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) Traditional Territory in North Vancouver and hosted by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC).
The annual workshop assembles experts from all regions of Canada to share information regarding recent developments in information management, oral history, legislative initiatives, and case law that directly impact the research, development and resolution of specific claims. The workshop features specialized sessions delivered by invited speakers who are experts in their respective fields. We are exploring topics that include looking at the relationship between expanded remedies for claims and research/evidence, the role of technology in claims research, oral history, Indigenous Laws, genealogy, resourcing for claims, innovations and challenges related to accessing records, and much more. It is a wonderful opportunity for professional development, networking, sharing information, and staying informed. Typically, over 100 First Nations researchers from across the country attend.
The focus of this year’s workshop, Research and Transformative Change: Principles, Practices, and Possibilities, takes as its starting point the federal government’s work with the Assembly of First Nations to co-develop an Independent Centre for the Resolution of Specific Claims. The new Centre is supposed to eliminate Canada’s longstanding conflict of interest from all parts of the specific claims process, integrate Indigenous laws, and uphold Canada’s legal obligations under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the honour of the Crown. The claims research community has a vital role to play in articulating how the components envisioned as part of the new Centre – registrar, funding division, resource hub, commission, and adjudication – will impact the research and development of First Nations’ claims and how the Centre can support First Nations’ needs and priorities in resolving their claims. This is a crucial opportunity to pool expertise and knowledge to create a just and fair process for First Nations.