Close

Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Application

The IRSSA has made $960 million available to the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), “a comparison fund for claims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and other illegal acts” within the IRS, which “makes money available to those who have suffered serious physical and/or sexual abuse in an Indian boarding school.” The maximum payment is $275,000, but an additional $250,000 can be granted for actual loss of income entitlements. “[19] As of December 31, 2012, more than $1.7 billion has been spent through the CAP. Approximately three times as many applications have been received than expected and the CAP is expected to continue hearings until approximately 2017. Until 2011, there were already 29,000 claims, twice as many as the 12,500 initially estimated by the IRSSA, and this figure is expected to increase further. Violent abuses are “unbridled, not isolated.” According to Dan Ish, Chief Justice of the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat for IAP, he estimated in 2012 that IPA claims would be between two and three billion dollars more than expected. [20] In January 2015, the Office of the Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the federal government of Canada, filed a complaint in the Court of The Queen`s Bench for Saskatchewan in Regina, Saskatchewan, against Merchants Law Group, based in Tony Merchants Regina, Saskatchewan. Tia-o-qui-aht First Nation Elder Dr. Barney Williams, a boarding school survivor and member of the Indian Residential School Survivor Committee (an advisory body to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission), believes the ceremony was important to ensure that deceased children will not be forgotten: “Today is a special day not only for me, but also for thousands of others, like me, throughout the country, To finally bring recognition and honor to our schoolchildren, our cousins, our nephews, our forgotten nieces. For Elder Williams, the revelation of the 2800 names was a “warm” and “very moving” moment for him and thousands of Indigenous families across Canada. The closure of the legacy of Indian boarding schools is at the heart of reconciliation and renewed relationships between the Indigenous peoples who attended these schools, their families and communities, and all Canadians.

In addition to common experience payment, funds have been allocated to the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), an out-of-court procedure for resolving claims for sexual abuse and serious physical and psychological abuse. . . .