OTTAWA, ONTARIO (July 23, 2012) – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada would like to remind former students of Indian residential schools that important deadlines under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) are approaching.
The Common Experience Payment (CEP) is paid to eligible former students who resided at a recognized Indian residential school. The deadline to apply for a CEP was September 19, 2011, but in cases of disability, undue hardship and exceptional circumstances, applications can be accepted until September 19, 2012. You can find additional information online or by calling 1-866-699-1742.
The Independent Assessment Process (IAP) is an out-of-court process to resolve claims of abuse at recognized Indian residential schools. The deadline for applying for compensation under this process is September 19, 2012. Former students who have received a CEP can also apply to the IAP. Information on the process can be found in the IAP guide and IAP application form which are available online or by calling 1-866-879-4913. Once completed, the application form should be sent to the address listed in the guide.
Former students who have not yet applied and who may be eligible to apply for the IAP are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible. Former students may wish to have a lawyer represent them in this process, but it is not a requirement.
The Government of Canada continues to be committed to a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian residential schools, as well as a renewed relationship between Aboriginal people, their families and communities, and all Canadians.
Please also see:
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Office of the Honourable John Duncan
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat