Research associations report cuts ranging from 30 to 60 percent and many First Nations and Tribal Councils who develop their own specific claims have not received any funding. This means that $4,000,000 must be shared amongst 448 claims for research going forward.
The cuts represent a reduction of the overall federal specific claims research budget from $8.4 million to $6 million and only $4 million is being allocated to research and develop specific claims. This has resulted in massive layoffs of specialized research staff, the reduction of services and significantly slower rates of claim development.
It has also raised the possibility that new claims will not receive any funding at all.
~ AANDC Notice to Land Claims Research Associations and First Nations, 2015