For over 250 years, First Nations have faced a sharply tilted playing field.
Canada insists they prefer to settle Specific Claims fairly, however their approach consistently remains adversarial. Long, drawn out court processes drain what little financial resources the First Nation may have, leaving them unable to defend their claims in a fair and balanced manner. Adding to the disparaging situation, many legal firms are unwilling to commit to years of arbitration without the guarantee of a successful outcome.
To launch an aggressive action, a First Nation community must cover their legal fees, research costs, expert witnesses, the conduct of a hearing before the Tribunal, appeals, and other related expenses.
Our solution allows First Nations to access alternate funding by providing the guarantees a financial lender needs to grant a community access to a line of credit. These funds will then cover the associated fees and costs necessary to take a claim to the Specific Claims Tribunal, and beyond. The Nation can cover their legal fees, research costs, expert witnesses, the conduct of a hearing before the Tribunal, appeals, and other related expenses.