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Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Canada

IrSSA has made $60 million available to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to document and preserve survivors` experiences. The Commission was established on 2 June 2008. [24] On October 20, 2008, Justice Harry LaForme, Chair of the Commission, resigned stating that « the Commission is on the verge of paralysis and is doomed to failure. He cited an « incurable problem » with the other two commissioners – Claudette Dumont-Smith and Jane Brewin Morley – whom he said refused to accept his authority as president and were disrespectful. [18] On October 15, 2009, the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission was refounded as Chair by then Governor General Michaëlle Jean, along with Justice Murray Sinclair, a Canadian judge from Ojibway, a First Nations lawyer. [18] [25] As of August 2012, the federal government had disclosed to the TRC more than 941,000 documents relating to boarding schools. 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] The settlement agreement also allocated $60 million to a five-year truth and reconciliation commission that would allow individuals, families and communities to share experiences. The Commission, established in 2008, has been ordered to organise the public through national events (e.g. B Winnipeg in June 2010; Inuvik, NWT, June 2011; Halifax in October 2011; Saskatoon in June 2012) and support for regional and local activities. It would also create a « complete historical record » of boarding schools (and, budget permitting, a research center). As of August 2012, the federal government had leaked more than 941,000 documents to the TRC concerning boarding schools. Under the Indian school settlement agreement, $1.9 billion has been set aside for all former school residents. Each alumnus received $10,000 for the first school year and $3,000 for each subsequent year. According to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 98 per cent of the 80,000 eligible alumni had received a payment by the end of December 2012, with more than $1.6 billion in payment. .

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