How is the Tribunal independent from government?
The Tribunal is a stand alone arms’ length body. Staffed by impartial judges, it will have the power to make binding decisions on the government and First Nations on the validity of and compensation for specific claims. The Tribunal’s decisions will be made independently from the government. In keeping with the Act, the Tribunal has the authority to develop: its own rules governing its practices and procedures; its own general rules for the management of its staff and administration of its internal affairs; and its own rules of practice and procedure related to time limits for its process.