News Releases and Media Advisories

This section contains a variety of information on the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) that may be of interest to the media. This includes news releases, media advisories and speeches.

Please check back often as information is added to this section of the website on a regular basis.



Statement | Statement by Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro, on the decision by Supreme Court of Canada on the disposition of Independent Assessment Process (IAP) Records

October 27, 2016

The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat believes that the IAP is a private and confidential process. Our adjudicators gave claimants assurances that we would protect their records. As Chief Adjudicator, I will continue to guard the confidentiality of IAP records....more

News Release | The Lost Claimant Protocol: a success story

July 12, 2016

There's nothing Cody Francis likes more than locating a "lost claimant" in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP). “It’s a true joy to be able to find, call and speak to a claimant directly. It’s always been a positive experience,” he said....more

News Release | Winnipeg IAP Hearing Centre closes

June 7, 2016

Winnipeg, June 7, 2016 – With fewer than 200 hearings remaining to be held in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro today presided over a closing ceremony for the Winnipeg Hearing Centre....more

Media Advisory | Ontario Court of Appeal upholds decision on destruction of IAP documents

April 4, 2016

Statement by Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro, on the decision by Ontario Court of Appeal on the disposition of Independent Assessment Process (IAP) Records, April 4, 2016...more

News Release | IRSAS On Track to Complete Hearings

March 21, 2016

Regina (March 21, 2016) - The Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat is on track to complete the vast majority of claimant first hearings in the Independent Assessment Process by the Spring of 2016, Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro announced today...more

News Release | All remaining IAP hearings to be scheduled

May 27, 2015

Regina – May 27, 2015 – The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat (IRSAS) has begun scheduling hearings for all unresolved claims of abuse at Indian Residential Schools....more

News Release | IAP winding down, efforts to reach lost claimants stepped up

May 20, 2015

Regina – May 20, 2015 – Efforts to reach claimants who suffered abuse at Indian Residential Schools and who cannot be located are being stepped up as the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) is winding down....more

News Release | Group IAP accepting proposals for 2015-16

October 9, 2014

Regina, October 9, 2014 -- The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat is accepting proposals for Group IAP, a program that supports healing and reconciliation for former students of Indian residential schools, their families, and communities....more

Media Advisory | Court orders destruction of IAP documents

August 7, 2014

Statement by Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro, on a decision by Ontario Superior Court of Justice Paul M. Perell, who has ordered the destruction of IAP records following a 15 year retention period....more

Speech | Chief Adjudicator calls for destruction of IAP records

June 19, 2014

I am here today to speak about an issue that is of profound importance to the survivors of Indian Residential Schools. But as I speak to you, someone else is going through one of the most important days of her life. ...more

News Release | Chief Adjudicator calls for destruction of IAP records

June 19, 2014

Edmonton, June 19, 2014 – Dan Shapiro, the Chief Adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), has called for the destruction of all records related to claims of abuse suffered by students at the Indian Residential Schools....more

Media Advisory | Chief Adjudicator takes action to protect IAP claimants

April 24, 2014

Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro has asked the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench to ensure that claimants under the Independent Assessment Process receive the benefits intended for them under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement...more

News Release | Telling Your Story helps claimants prepare for IAP hearings

March 26, 2014

Edmonton, March 26, 2013 – The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat has released a new video to help claimants prepare for their hearing in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP)....more

Media Advisory | News Conference March 26 2014 Edmonton

March 21, 2014

Ottawa, March 21, 2013 – Dan Shapiro, the Chief Adjudicator of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, will hold a news conference to release a new video to help claimants prepare for their hearing in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) at 1:30 pm in Edmonton on March 26, 2014....more

News Release | IAP hearings to be complete by Spring 2016

March 6, 2014

Regina, March 6, 2014 -- The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat expects to complete hearings for claimants in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) by the Spring of 2016, Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro announced today...more

News Release | Call for Proposals for Group IAP

February 18, 2014

The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat (IRSAS) has launched a call for proposals to fund activities that support healing and reconciliation for groups of former students of Indian Residential Schools...more

News Release | New measures to protect Indian Residential Schools claimants

October 21, 2013

The Chief Adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) has announced new measures designed to protect claimants from lawyers who engage in unconscionable and illegal conduct...more

News Release | Search begins for new Deputy Chief Adjudicator for Independent Assessment Process

August 16, 2013

A search for a new Deputy Chief Adjudicator (DCA) for the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) was launched today with the release of a Request for Proposals for individuals who are interested in applying...more

News Release | Dan Shapiro Named Chief Adjudicator for Independent Assessment Process

July 17, 2013

Saskatoon lawyer Dan Shapiro has been selected as the new Chief Adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP)...more

News Release | IAP Deadline extended for individuals who attended Mistassini Hostels

April 22, 2013

The deadline for individuals who attended the Mistassini Hostels in Northern Quebec to apply for compensation under the Independent Assessment Process has been extended to September 2, 2013...more

News Release | Search begins for new Chief Adjudicator for Independent Assessment Process

April 15, 2013

The search for a new Chief Adjudicator for the Independent Assessment Process was launched today with the release of a Request for Proposals for individuals who are interested in applying...more

Media Advisory | About Ivon Johnny

February 12, 2013

The Court directed that the Chief Adjudicator advise all claimants in the IRS settlement process that an order has been issued by the Court removing Mr. Ivon Johnny from all participation in the Independent Assessment Process...more

News Release | Chief Adjudicator sets standards for lawyers under Independent Assessment Process

August 30, 2012

On August 30, 2012, the Chief Adjudicator released standards for lawyers who practise in the IAP. The document provides guidance to claimants on what they can expect from their lawyer and sets out the appropriate norms of practice in the IAP...more

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