The purpose of this Act is to establish the Specific Claims Tribunal, the mandate of which is to decide issues of validity and compensation relating to specific claims of First Nations. In particular, the Tribunal is responsible for holding hearings to decide the validity of specific claims and any compensation arising from those claims. The text - consisting of 43 sections – deals, inter alia, with the following aspects: rules of the Tribunal, Advisory Committee, costs, powers of the Tribunal, specific claims, extended meaning of Crown, exceptions, hearing and decisions.
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A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867, while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest international border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec.
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