The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will be hosting regional dialogue sessions for First Nations and their technicians in the fall of 2019. These sessions will provide First Nations an important opportunity to share their ideas on how to create a fully independent specific claims process.

Please join the AFN for a day long facilitated discussions on specific claims reform in your region. Topics will include equitable access, sustainable funding, fairness, integrating Indigenous legal principles, and independence.



Registration Package


Background Information

First Nations have advocated for an independent specific claims process for over four decades, repeatedly raising concerns about Canada’s control over funding, access to negotiations and evidence, resulting in delay and a backlog of unresolved claims.

Sparked by the legislated five-year review of the Specific Claims Tribunal Act and a 2016 report of the Office of the Auditor General, Canada committed to work jointly with the Assembly of First Nations and First Nations to substantively reform the specific claims process and policy.

In 2017, the Chiefs-in-Assembly passed AFN Resolution 91-2017, Support for a Fully Independent Specific Claims Process, calling on Canada to work in equal partnership with the AFN and First Nations to develop a ‘fully’ independent process with “the goal of achieving the just resolution of Canada’s outstanding lawful obligations through good faith negotiations.”

Please see below the draft engagement schedule, draft agenda, supporting documents, and registration information. If you have any further questions, please contact Rikki McDonald at [email protected].

Register for our National Dialogue Sessions

Registration Process

All participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register.

Register and pay ONLINE at You will receive a confirmation email. Major credit cards accepted (VISA, MasterCard and American Express).

  • FAX your registration form to Angie Turner at 613-241-5808.
  • MAIL your registration form and payment to Angie Turner, Assembly of First Nations, 55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1600, Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5.

Onsite registration will be held on morning of meeting.

FEES (First Nations Governments, Tribal Councils, First Nations Provincial Territorial Organizations, First Nations Citizens, and their Representatives may attend free of charge)



First Nations citizens, employees and representatives of First Nations governments or organizations:

Observer and Non-Government Organization:

Other Governments:












Event Locations

Additional sessions may be added to the schedule – please check back periodically.

October 8, 2019

Richmond, BC

Register On-line
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
River Rock Casino Resort
8811 River road
Richmond, BC
V6X 3P8

October 9, 2019

Fort Saint John, BC

Register On-line
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Treaty 8 Tribal Association

10233 – 100 Ave
Fort St John, BC
V1J 1Y8
Tel: (250) 785-0612


October 24, 2019

Six Nations, ON

Register On-line
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Best Western Brantford
The Gathering Place by the Grand
2593 Chiefswood Road
Ohsweken, ON
N0A 1M0

October 29, 2019

Thunder Bay, ON

Register On-line
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Valhalla Inn Hotel
1 Valhalla Inn Road
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 6J1


November 5, 2019

Edmonton, AB

Register On-line
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Delta Hotels Edmonton Centre
1022 102 St .NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 4C5

November 12, 2019

Halifax, NS

Register On-line
7:30 am – 5:00pm
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax NS
B3J 3J5


November 20, 2019

Quebec, QC

Register On-line
The Westin Edmonton
10135 100th Street
Montreal, QC

Reservations:  Book Now

Venue coming soon!

November 26, 2019

Saskatoon, SK

Register On-line
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Delta Hotels Bessborough
601 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 3G8

November 28, 2019

Winnipeg, MB

Register On-line
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg
350 St.Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
R3C 3J2

Travel Support

Limited funding is available to help offset the cost of travel and accommodation for First Nations. Please submit original receipts to Rikki McDonald to receive up to $250.00 in travel support. Funding support is limited to one delegate per First Nation. Receipts must be submitted no later than 30 days following the session you attended.

Flight Centre

If you do not have a preferred travel agent and require assistance making your travel arrangements, please contact Tyler Brennan at Flight Centre Business Travel.


Tyler Brennan, Assistant Manager

Flight Centre Business Travel – Glebe

763 Bank Street – Room B, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V3

Telephone: 613-321-0120 | Toll-free: 1-877-565-5295

Fax: 613-321-0426 | E-mail: [email protected]


For more information, please visit the AFN website at or contact:


Rikki McDonald

Telephone: 613-241-6789, ext. 113

Fax: 613-241-5808

E-mail: [email protected]

Registration Inquiries

Angie Turner

Telephone: 613-241-6789, ext. 296

Fax: 613-241-5808

E-mail: [email protected]

Angie TurnerSpecific Claims Policy Reform
Assembly of First Nations