October 10, 2023 Attention: Judy Dubois Re: T/1340/7008 - Supplementary Report as to Implementation of the CHRT Orders
10 October 2023
Dubois Re: T/1340/7008 - Supplementary Report as to Implementation of the CHRT Orders This letter is Chiefs of Ontario’s response to the correspondence from the Tribunal in the above matter dated October 4, 2023 as well as Chiefs of Ontario’s response to Canada’s supplementary report filed on September 21, 2023. [...] Response to Tribunal’s letter of October 4, 2023 From Chiefs of Ontario’s perspective, progress in moving toward a final settlement agreement derived from the Agreement in Principle has been essentially at a standstill since April 1, 2023, when the Assembly of First Nations and the Caring Society delivered a proposal for how to come to a final settlement agreement by the end of 2023. [...] However, without a mandate to negotiate on the basis of the terms proposed by the Caring Society and the AFN, the parties have merely been discussing implementing existing CHRT orders and not full scale long-term reform of the FNCFS Program. [...] Not only has this delay disrupted the negotiations to a final settlement agreement, it also has resulted in parts of the funding that are part of the Agreement in Principle being held back. [...] With respect to more detailed reporting on various of the Tribunal’s orders, COO can report that it appears that Ontario, Canada and Chiefs of Ontario are all in a position to commence negotiations on reform of the 1965 Agreement.