National Claim Research Workshop

2-4 October 2017, Ottawa



31 May, 2017 - You are cordially invited to attend the 25th Annual National Claims Research Workshop, on October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2017. This year the event will be held in Algonquin traditional unceded territory in Ottawa, co- hosted by the Algonquin Nation Secretariat and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.


The annual workshop assembles experts from all regions of Canada to share information regarding recent developments in information management, oral history, legislative initiatives and case law that directly impact research, development and resolution of First Nation claims, grievances and disputes. The Workshop features a number of specialized sessions delivered over a three-day period by invited speakers who are experts in their respective fields. It is a wonderful opportunity for professional development, networking, sharing information and staying informed. Typically, over 100 First Nations researchers from across the country attend.



Algonquin traditional territory includes the entire Ottawa River watershed on both sides the river that now divides Ontario & Quebec. This unceded territory includes the city of Ottawa where the workshop will be taking place. There are 10 federally recognized Algonquin communities, nine in Quebec and one in Ontario. The Algonquin people have not signed any land treaties, and face a complicated path to resolving their claims. Despite these obstacles, the Algonquin people have maintained their language, customs and traditions, all of which help emphasize their strong connection to their ancestral lands.


The Algonquin Nation Secretariat represents three Algonquin communities: Barriere Lake, Timiskaming, and Wolf Lake. We also conduct research for other communities on an as requested basis. For over twenty years the ANS has been researching the history of, not only its member communities, but the Algonquin Nation as a whole. We now have one of the largest collections of materials on Algonquin history and culture in the world.




The 3 day workshop will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Ottawa:


Sheraton Ottawa

150 Albert St. Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2 Phone: (613) 238-1500

Toll Free: (800) 489-8333

Fax: (613) 238-8497


The hotel is centrally located between Metcalfe and O’Connor St. For those not renting a car, a taxi from the airport is approximately $40-$45. To take public transportation, take bus 97 – Bayshore from the airport to stop Metcalfe or Bank, the hotel will then be a two-minute walk from either stop.



Please register early.


The number of spaces is limited at the Workshop so we ask those wishing to participate to pre-register before September 1, 2017. This will enable the confirmation of numbers for a potential visit to the Canadian Museum of History’s holdings. The Planning Committee may stop registering new participants when a maximum number is reached. The Registration Form is available on our website:



Some participants may be able to obtain a partial to full reimbursement of expenses incurred through participation in the 2017 Workshop in Ottawa. Consult the “rules for reimbursement” guidelines on the workshop website for more information.



The latest version of our draft agenda can be found on the 2017 Workshop website: It will be updated regularly before and during the Workshop.



Rooms have been blocked at reduced rates for Workshop attendees at The Sheraton, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2. Participants have a few options for reserving a room. Please contact the hotel reservation department toll free at 1-800-325-3535 to make your reservation at the negotiated rate of $189.00 plus taxes and fees for a standard double or king room. You may also register through the following link: or by emailing the group reservation coordinator at Please quote “National Claims Research Network” to access the group rates. This special rate will be available to you until September 8, 2017. Organizations and individuals must make their own room reservations. Visit: for more information about the hotel. If you would like to call the hotel directly at 1-800-489-8333 and ask to be put through to reservations.