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Justice lays tribunal’s woes at Ottawa’s feet

Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Justice Harry Slade has called out the federal government and its lawyers for their role in creating delays, and the burgeoning backlog of claims, at the Specific Claims Tribunal Canada.

The chair of the body created in 2008 to bring “justice at last” to mostly statute-barred First Nations claims of up to $150 million, says its progress has been stymied through years of foot-dragging by Ottawa in appointing tribunal members and decision making, including federal officials’ failure to make adequate disclosure to the First Nations who...