Assembly of First Nations Specific Claims Expert Panel to meet in Toronto

OTTAWA, March 6, 2015 /CNW/ - In order to assist in creating a better, more fair and just approach to resolving specific land claims, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has created an independent Expert Panel to hear from First Nations and their representatives about the current specific claims process, their experiences and insights as well as ideas for change.  The Expert Panel will hold its first hearing in Toronto on Tuesday March 10, 2015.

This parallel process – called "Assembly of First Nations Specific Claims Review: Expert Based - Peoples Driven" – honours Section 41 of the Specific Claims Tribunal Act and the Political Agreement entered into between the AFN and Canada in 2007, requiring Canada to carry out a five year review of the Specific Claims Tribunal Act.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Courtyard Marriott

Courtyard Room B&C

475 Young St., Toronto, ON


The Expert Panel members are Delia Opekokew (Chair), Bryan Schwartz and Robert Winogron (both former legal counsel for the AFN/Canada Joint Task Force that created the Specific Claims Tribunal Act).

The session is open to media and the public and will be simultaneously webcast on:

A full agenda of the Assembly of First Nations Specific Claims Panel in Toronto is available at:

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.


SOURCE Assembly of First Nations

For further information: Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer (613) 292-0857 or; Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer (613) 314-8157 or

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