Irssa Agreement

The law firm Regina, Saskatchewan Lawyer, Tony Merchant, Q.C. — Merchant Law Group LLP — represented more than 7,000 survivors — about 50 per cent of known residential school survivors in Canada who were pursuing class actions against the Canadian federal government. [12] Following the publication of the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples report, survivors of residential schools gathered across the country for meetings attended by Tony Merchant, who became a „familiar figure“ and welcomed thousands of survivors for collective action. [13] MLG`s lawyers received „nothing until a class action was concluded“ in a judicial agreement that was motivated by the liquidation. [13] David Blott`s law firm in Calgary, Alberta, „processed nearly 4,600 residential school applications.“ [14] Implementation of the Indian Schools Settlement Agreement began on September 19, 2007. The conciliation agreement represents the consensus reached between student legal advisors, church counsel, the Assembly of First Nations, other Aboriginal organizations and the Government of Canada. The implementation of this historic agreement provides a fair and lasting solution to the heritage of Indian residential schools. The IRSSA said the 50 or so Catholic groups that ran „Catholic“ schools had to pay $79 million for the mistreatment of survivors. There were three components: $29 million for the now-disbanded Aboriginal Healing Foundation, $25 million in kind and $25 million through fundraising. [40] In his July 16, 2015 judgment in the Queen of Saskatchewan Court of Justice in Regina, Saskatchewan, Justice Neil Gabrielson stated that the federal government had „liberated Catholic institutions from the three financial obligations under the comparison agreement, including the „best efforts“ fundraiser in exchange for a $1.2 million refund in administrative costs.“ [41] The federal government, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper, had given the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development a mandate to „negotiate a comparison with Catholic institutions“[42] with respect to their financial obligations under the IRSSA. [13] In a 2016 Globe and Mail article, Gloria Galloway stated that „in an attempt to get the Catholic Church to pay the full $29 million in cash, the government inadvertently released it from any obligation it should have pursued with a desolate fundraiser.“ [41] In November 1996, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) published its final report of 4,000 references containing 440 recommendations.

Indian residential schools have been the subject of a chapter.

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