Specific Claims Research centre : Policies


 SCRC Objectives and Policies


Objectives:


The Specific Claims Research Centre was established to provide a non-political organization to coordinate research of Specific Claims for member First Nations.


Policies:

The Specific Claims Research Centre will receive research funding from Canada and will apply that funding to address Specific Claims research costs of member First Nations.


The Specific Claims Research Centre will coordinate Specific Claims research and legal work on behalf of member First Nations through qualified archival researchers and through lawyers qualified to practice law in British Columbia.


In accordance with federal policy, the Specific Claims Research Centre will not flow funding through to member First Nations. Rather, the Specific Claims Research Centre will pay research costs, legal costs and the Specific Claims Research Centre’s internal administrative costs directly on behalf of member First Nations.


The Specific Claims Research Centre will keep member First Nations advised as to the status of their Specific Claims research as required (including answering questions and responding to information requests).


The Specific Claims Research Centre will provide information to British Columbia First Nations concerning the Specific Claims process.


The Specific Claims Research Centre will keep client information, files and documents confidential as between the Specific Claims Research Centre, the client, and the client’s law firm.


The Specific Claims Research Centre will keep records of all expenditures and its accounts will be audited annually by an independent accounting firm.


The Specific Claims Research Centre will ensure that all reporting requirements to Canada (the Research and Negotiation Funding Unit of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) are met.