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Below is a list of articles, with summary, about Indian residentials schools, the IAP and other related news.

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Residential Schools Lawyer to Complete IAP Files

Published: June 26, 2015 - Added: June 29, 2015 - Publication: APTN News


A Vancouver lawyer will keep all of his residential school compensation cases after turning his practice around.
Stephen Bronstein was at risk of losing the lucrative files after complaints were made to a Vancouver Supreme Court judge.

Ontario lawyer responds to misconduct allegations from residential school survivors

Published: June 22, 2015 - Added: June 22, 2015 - Publication: CBC News


A lawyer from Kenora, Ont., under investigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada, says all of his residential school clients received their full entitlement.
Doug Keshen is facing allegations of professional misconduct and is to appear before the Law Society tribunal on June 30.
He is accused of advancing money to clients against anticipated settlement funds and transferring money from residential school clients' settlement funds to himself.

Ontario lawyer accused of misconduct on residential school claims

Published: June 18, 2015 - Added: June 19, 2015 - Publication: CBC news


A lawyer from Kenora, Ont., is alleged to have transferred thousands of dollars from residential school clients to himself.
Doug Keshen is to appear before a Law Society of Upper Canada tribunal on June 30 where he is accused of professional misconduct.
The allegations relate to Keshen's work between 2003 and 2012 when he was acting on behalf of residential school survivors.

Another residential school lawyer accused of “professional misconduct”

Published: June 18, 2015 - Added: June 19, 2015 - Publication: APTN National News


The Law Society of Upper Canada has accused one of its members of “professional misconduct” for the way he handled some residential school survivor compensation cases.
It has ordered Kenora, Ont., lawyer Doug Keshen to appear at a conduct hearing in Toronto later this month on charges he mishandled the compensation claims of 12 residential school survivors, and wrongly loaned money to 28 clients.

Indian residential school survivors continue battling Ottawa in the courts to prove abuse cases

Published: June 17, 2015 - Added: June 18, 2015 - Publication: APTN National News


Residential school survivors continue to battle federal lawyers who failed to provide documents which could potentially validate claims of abuse at the hands of school staff.
This comes on the heels of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions report released earlier in the month.

Baranyai: Residential school stories must be saved

Published: December 06, 2015 - Added: June 16, 2015 - Publication: London Free Press


The clock is ticking to preserve a tragic piece of history. If the Truth and Reconciliation Commission succeeds, details of some of the worst abuses under the Indian residential school system will become part of the historical record, helping Canadians move forward in remembrance and reconciliation. If it fails, potentially thousands of the most painful stories bravely shared by survivors will be lost forever, excluded from an emerging historical narrative seeking to right a grievous wrong.
At the heart of the case now before the courts are two very well-meaning imperatives. On the one hand, preserving the testimony of residential school survivors who participated in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP). On the other, preserving the privacy of survivors

Group seeking “lost” Residential School Claimants

Published: May 06, 2015 - Added: June 12, 2015 - Publication: CFNR radio


Time is winding down for Residential School survivors seeking compensation for abuse they suffered.
The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat is trying to find over 400 people that have not been heard from for an extended period of time.

Court fight continues for St. Anne's residential school survivors

Published: September 06, 2015 - Added: June 10, 2015 - Publication: CBC News


Survivors of a residential school in Fort Albany, Ont., were back in court Tuesday continuing their legal battle over documents relating to a 1990s criminal investigation into abuse at the school.
Some former St. Anne's students have shared stories of beatings, rape, and the use of a hand-made electric chair for discipline.

Federal government must search RCMP records for evidence of abuse at Bishop Horden

Published: September 06, 2015 - Added: June 10, 2015 - Publication: CBC news


A court ruling has compelled the federal government to search RCMP records for evidence of abuse at Bishop Horden Indian Residential School in Moose Factory, Ont.
The ruling comes after a group of former students asked an Ontario Superior Court to ensure the federal government was doing all that is required to search for and disclose evidence related to residential schools.

Battle lines drawn over preservation of documents detailing abuse at residential schools

Published: April 06, 2015 - Added: June 08, 2015 - Publication: The Globe and Mail


The most horrific stories of abuse at residential schools may never become public as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission prepares for a legal battle this fall to block the destruction of key documents.
Even though the commission wrapped up four days of closing ceremonies this week and has released its final recommendations, it is still fighting in court to preserve sensitive transcripts of stories told by almost 38,000 former students.

Government remains silent on Truth and Reconciliation recommendations

Published: March 06, 2015 - Added: June 04, 2015 - Publication: The Globe and Mail


Stephen Harper took part in an emotional closing ceremony for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but the Prime Minister did not say a word.
Silence has largely been the government’s official response to the 94 recommendations released Tuesday by the commission, whose nearly six-year examination of Canada’s residential-schools history resulted in calls for sweeping reforms to government policy and a conclusion that the system amounted to “cultural genocide.”

Make reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples a ‘high, urgent’ priority: Sinclair

Published: March 06, 2015 - Added: June 04, 2015 - Publication: Hamilton Spectator


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper listened in silence Wednesday as the head of an exhaustive study of residential schools and their dark legacy urged all levels of government to make reconciliation and healing a top priority.
The results of that study demand a political response, said Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the Truth and Reconcilation Commission that was established in 2007 to document the tragic history of residential schools in Canada.

Commission vérité et réconciliation : quelle suite des choses?

Published: March 06, 2015 - Added: June 04, 2015 - Publication: Radio-Canada


Une cérémonie a eu lieu mercredi, à Ottawa, pour clore officiellement la Commission vérité et réconciliation sur les pensionnats autochtones. Le premier ministre Stephen Harper prenait part à l'événement à Rideau Hall, mais encore beaucoup d'incertitudes demeurent quant aux actions que le gouvernement prendra pour donner suite aux recommandations de la commission.
Lors de la cérémonie, le juge Murray Sinclair, président de la commission, a remercié le premier ministre Stephen Harper pour avoir facilité la tenue de cette enquête difficile qui a duré six ans. Le magistrat a salué personnellement M. Harper ainsi que quelques autres intervenants pour avoir appuyé le travail ardu des commissaires.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission report: 10 major recommendations for healing

Published: February 06, 2015 - Added: June 04, 2015 - Publication: Sault Star


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report makes 94 wide-ranging recommendations to repair the relationship between Canada's indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
The list includes some whoppers that could fundamentally change how First Nations are included in Canadian culture.
Here is a summary of the biggest among them:

Truth and Reconciliation report brings calls for action, not words

Published: February 06, 2015 - Added: June 03, 2015 - Publication: CBC news


Canadians must believe in the need for reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples to repair the damage caused by residential schools, aboriginal leaders said Tuesday, as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its summary report and findings.
Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the commission, called for changes in policies and programs, as well as commemoration through education and memorials, in introducing the commission's summary report and 94 recommendations.

Pensionnats autochtones : un génocide culturel, dit la Commission de vérité et réconciliation

Published: March 06, 2015 - Added: June 03, 2015 - Publication: Radio-Canada


Après six ans de travail pendant lesquels environ 7000 victimes et responsables de pensionnats autochtones ont livré leur témoignage, la Commission a déposé mardi ses conclusions sur ce chapitre sombre de l'histoire du Canada. Entre la fin du 19e siècle et 1996, plus de 150 000 enfants autochtones ont été arrachés à leur famille et placés dans des pensionnats, pour la plupart sous l'égide de différentes communautés religieuses.
Les pensionnats autochtones étaient un outil central d'un génocide culturel à l'égard des premiers peuples du Canada, et seul un réengagement important de l'État pour leur permettre un accès à l'égalité des chances peut paver la voie vers une véritable réconciliation, conclut la Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada.

Thousands march through Ottawa in walk for truth and reconciliation

Published: May 31, 2015 - Added: June 01, 2015 - Publication: Global News


TORONTO – Thousands marched through the streets of Ottawa on Sunday in an effort to “transform and renew” the relationship between aboriginal people and other Canadians.
Residential school survivors, along with friends and family, made the symbolic walk under dreary skies along a five-kilometre route from Gatineau, Que., past Parliament Hill and ended at Ottawa’s City Hall.

Residential schools impacted nearly all aboriginal social indicators: TRC chair

Published: May 31, 2015 - Added: June 01, 2015 - Publication: CTV News


The chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) says next week's report will show that the residential school system had an impact on nearly all of the social markers used to measure the state of affairs for aboriginal people in Canada.

Speaking with CTV's Question Period, Justice Murray Sinclair, who lead the TRC, offered some details about Tuesday's highly-anticipated report into residential schools.

Pensionnats indiens: des questions restent sans réponse

Published: May 31, 2015 - Added: June 01, 2015 - Publication: La Presse


La commission qui examine depuis plus de cinq ans l'un des chapitres les plus sombres de l'histoire du Canada boucle ses travaux cette semaine en laissant une question cruciale sans réponse: combien d'enfants autochtones sont morts dans les pensionnats indiens?
Le juge manitobain Murray Sinclair, qui préside la Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada, affirme que le gouvernement fédéral a cessé d'enregistrer les décès des enfants dans les pensionnats indiens autour de 1920, après que le médecin en chef du ministère des Affaires autochtones eut fait remarquer que ceux-ci mourraient à un rythme alarmant. Le médecin a par la suite été congédié.

Commission to chart map of rocky road to reconciliation

Published: May 31, 2015 - Added: June 01, 2015 - Publication: The Globe and Mail


As the head of the commission probing past physical and sexual abuse at Indian residential schools prepares to release a long-awaited report this week, he acknowledges that national reconciliation will not be easily achieved.
Murray Sinclair, the chair of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, who will make public on Tuesday a summary into what occurred behind the schools’ walls, says there was never any hope of achieving reconciliation within the five-year lifetime of his commission. But he will make recommendations, he says, about what the government and aboriginal people need to do to move in that direction.