Court decision on St. Anne’s Indian Residential School
January 27, 2014
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled on January 14 that the Government of Canada must release documents related to abuse suffered by students at St. Anne’s Indian Residential School in Fort Albany Ontario. The documents are from Ontario Provincial Police investigations and criminal trials conducted in the 1990s.
The decision requires that Canada release thousands of documents to students who attended St. Anne’s Indian Residential School. Former students from the institution will be able to use them to support their claims for compensation at hearings under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).
It’s important to note that the release of the documents is not likely to change the outcome of many IAP cases of former St. Anne’s students who have already had their claims settled.