2016 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada

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The 2016 Fall Report from the Auditor General of Canada regarding First Nations Specific Claims, reports that Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada did not adequately manage the resolution of First Nations specific claims. The Department’s reforms to the process introduced barriers that hindered First Nations’ access to the specific claims process and impeded the resolution of claims. These barriers included certain practices that did not encourage negotiations; cuts to funding for claims preparation and negotiation; and limited information sharing between the Department and First Nations. It was also found that the Department was aware of First Nations’ concerns about these barriers, but was unable to demonstrate that it had a formal process to gather, monitor, and respond to information and feedback about these concerns and make required improvements.

Read the full 2016 Auditor General’s Report here.