AFN DISC Six-Point Strategy - Discussion paper Draft #3 - June 12, 2000.2
An Agenda for Action with First Nations
(Ottawa: February 1998): p. 3.
relating to the First Nations. These frameworks provided no substantive response toRCAP’s recommendations regarding fundamental policy change on Aboriginal title andrights. Moreover, they completely ignored the impact of the
decision.In fact, the
Agenda for Action
formally down-graded previous commitments to policychange by simply indicating that the federal government was prepared to “consider andrespond” to First Nation concerns regarding the Comprehensive Claims, with a focus on
, not the
:The portions of the
Agenda for Action
which relate to the CCP are as follows:
joint federal government-First Nations exploration of theComprehensive Claims Process in order to consider and respond to First Nationconcerns, in part related to the recommendations of RCAP, with the existingprocesses and policies.
joint federal government-First Nations exploration of possible methodsother than surrenders or extinguishments of Aboriginal title to provide clarity,stability and certainty through comprehensive claims settlements and which wouldbe supported by federal and provincial governments, First Nations and the public.
Following this, numerous attempts have been made by the AFN, regional organizations,First Nations, and individual First Nation communities, to have Canada accommodate theimplications of the
ruling in its policies and procedures. These efforts havebeen rejected and/or avoided. The furthest Canada has been prepared to go is to supporta process of study and review (the
Review & Education initiative), which isfocussed neither on changing the CCP nor on implementing
Implementation Strategy Committee (DISC) emerged as a response tothis federal refusal to address the issues raised by
, with a mandate from theChiefs to proceed with measures to obtain implementation of
and changesto prevailing policy. In January 2000, in Vancouver, a meeting of First Nation leaders fromacross Canada took place, and a six-point strategy was developed towards this end. Thissix-point strategy was considered and adopted by the Confederacy of Nations throughResolution 7/00 in April, 2000, along with a specific work plan.