OPEN LETTER: MINISTER CAROLYN BENNETT - JOINT RESPONSE TO OAG REPORT "Taking Action, Building Trust"
January 5, 2017
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.
OPEN LETTER: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Managers and Staff Declaring Band Council Resolutions Invalid
November 18, 2015
Dear Minister Bennett:
We write to respectfully urge you to address an important matter which is impeding the ability of First Nations to access information from your ministry for the purposes of filing specific claims. Specific claims deal with Canada’s failure to fulfil historical lawful obligations to honour its treaty promises to First Nations and to protect reserve lands and assets from illegal alienation and mismanagement.Read more