Important message about COVID-19 and the Independent Assessment Process

March 25, 2020

Because of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada, the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat has taken steps to protect the health and safety of our staff. All of our offices have closed, and our staff are working from home. As a result, it may take longer than usual for staff to return phone calls or answer e-mail messages about the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).

Despite these unprecedented measures, we are continuing to take steps to complete our mandate.

There are fewer than 20 IAP claims to be resolved, and only a handful of hearings remain to be held. If you have a question about the status of your claim, please call your lawyer, or the IAP toll-free Info-Line at 1-877-635-2648.

If you are feeling pain or distress because of your residential school experiences, our 24 hour crisis line remains available at 1-866-925-4419.

For more detailed information about the coronavirus and general precautions regarding COVID-19, please visit the website of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

We wish you, your family, friends and community safety and good health in these difficult times. Please follow public health guidelines to stay healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19.