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Supreme Court of British Columbia sets timelines for Court review of IAP decisions

December 8, 2016


In a decision released on November 29, 2016, the Honourable Madam Justice B.J. Brown of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has set deadlines for claimants who wish to have a Court review a decision in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP)....more

Changes to Hearing Logistics for Self-Represented Claimants

January 7, 2016


Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum timeframe between the date a hearing is set and the date a hearing is held will be reduced for certain self-represented claimant files. The minimum timeframe for scheduling is now as follows...more

Chief Adjudicator introduces policy on participating in teleconferences

November 12, 2015


If a self-represented claimant does not participate in a scheduled teleconference, it can delay the scheduling of a hearing or the resolution of a claim. Recently the number of postponed teleconferences has increased....more

Accessing Public School records in Canada

October 27, 2015


In some IAP cases, a claimant may have difficulty in proving their attendance at an Indian Residential School. There are many possible reasons for this -- records may have been misplaced, destroyed in a fire or other calamity, or, in some cases, names may have changed. Incomplete or poor record keeping could also be to blame...more

Freeze Lifted: Estate Claims can only proceed in specific circumstances

February 2, 2015


A freeze on estate claims in the Independent Assessment Process has been lifted following decisions in several important IAP cases by Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro....more

Improvements in Interpretation Services at IAP hearings

December 8, 2014


The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat (IRSAS) has introduced changes to improve the quality of interpretation at Independent Assessment Process (IAP) hearings....more

Handling of documents related to St. Anne’s Indian Residential School

July 2, 2014


In January, an Ontario judge ordered the Government of Canada and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to release a large number of documents related to St. Anne’s Indian Residential School in Fort Albany, Ontario. The documents are from OPP investigations and criminal trials in the 1990s. Some of these documents might affect your IAP claim....more

Completion strategy

March 6, 2014


On January 28, Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat filed three important documents with the Supervising Courts for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA)...more

New form to request decision review

September 17, 2013


In an effort to ensure speedy processing, the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat is introducing a new form for use to request a review of a decision made under the Independent Assessment Process....more

Canada’s Master List of Admissions of Staff Knowledge of Student on Student Abuse

September 4, 2013


The IAP allows compensation to former residents of Indian Residential Schools who suffered abuse by fellow students, if the criteria for compensation are met....more

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