What Does Land Claims Agreement Mean
Information on receivables paid is available in the description of the framework contracts in the “Modern Contracts” section. In 2000, Sayisi Dene First Nation applied to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada as part of the Specific Claims Policy. However, their claim is not within the parameters of this policy and must be treated in another way. In 2009, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada appointed a special representative to explore possible settlement options with Sayisi Dene First Nation and the Province of Manitoba and report back to the Minister. The interim measures agreement also provides for consultation on a wide range of land and resource management issues. Negotiations began in 1995. In 1998, a non-binding agreement in principle was signed, establishing a financial package and a procedure for investigating, cleaning and restoring soils. Kettle and Stony Point First Nation rejected the agreement in 2001, and a new round of negotiations was launched to ensure cooperation between Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in the area of land research on unexploded weapons, pollution and cultural resources. As part of this process, individual payments were made in 2004 and 2006 to First Nation seniors. Since January 2015, the federal government has settled 26 large land claims and signed three self-management agreements since 1973, including: starting in 2016, there will be approximately 100 large land trading and self-management tables around Canada. In eastern Canada, Quebec, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, vast lands are being negotiated – territories where historic treaties have never been signed and Aboriginal title has never been extinguished.
In Alberta, the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and the Canadian government negotiated an agreement in 2014 that made the Valley Dakota Sioux Nation the first autonomous nation on the prairies, with legislative powers in more than 50 territories. The agreements in principle – level 4 of the six-step Colombia process – form the basis of a final contract and contain provisions on land, capital transfer, resource management, culture and governance. Negotiations for an agreement-in-principle are a complex and tedious step in the contractual process. During the negotiations on the agreement-in-principle, the parties will examine the issues in detail and negotiate solutions that work for all parties. They are also beginning to plan for the implementation of the contract and government negotiators are consulting with local groups and stakeholders to seek their advice and expertise.