NAFA National Forestry Conference 2007: RCAP In Review
Looking Back, Looking Forward: RCAP In Review
Assessing progress on land and resources recommendations made by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples as they pertain to First Nations
Royal Commissions in Canada date back to a time when it was the Crown of England who influenced the affairs of government. In 1868 the new Government of Canada enacted the Inquiries Act, a law used to establish Commissions of Inquiry. The first Royal Commission to be set up after Confederation was in 1870, to inquire into the Improvement of Water Communications and the Development of Trade with the Northeastern United States. The purpose of the commission is to examine problems that could not be resolved through the usual means of recourse. The broad mandate of the Commission is to examine any matter connected to the good government of Canada or the conduct of the public business thereof.
The mandate to hold the commission was announced by the Right Honourable Brian Dickson, former Chief Justice of Canada at the time that the Progressive Conservative government was in power under Brian Mulroney. Mulroney hoped the Commission would help him to reach his objective of settling all Aboriginal land claims by the year 2000.
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