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Harper government loophole allowed 101 bands to sue feds over residential schoolsPublication: APTN News -
Jo-Anne Gottfriedson always remembered the man’s hands.
“But I could never see his face,” said Gottfriedson, 66.
She could also see the windows of a room in memories going all the way back to when she was a seven year old girl....
...To the former Stephen Harper government, at least in the eyes of Gottfriedson, that means they didn’t count – they weren’t allowed to participate in the common experience payment process negotiated for other survivors of the schools.
“At the 13th hour the Harper government said drop day scholars or we don’t have a settlement,” said Gottfriedson.
Residential school survivor calls for review of Law Society of OntarioPublication: APTN News -
Residential school survivors in northwestern Ontario say the Law Society of Ontario failed them miserably when it dismissed allegations mishandling claims against lawyer Doug Keshen.
“No one has ever reasonably or adequately explained to the survivors, here’s what really happened,” said Garnet Angeconeb.
Angeconeb is now calling for a review of the law society.
He is one of about 30 residential school survivors at a meeting with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Sioux Lookout, Ont.
The centre is travelling the country asking survivors what they thought of the residential school settlement program and how the process went.
Residential schools settlement review a chance to help not repeat mistakes of the pastPublication: CBC News -
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is scheduled to be in Sioux Lookout, Ont., on Monday to speak with residential school survivors as part of an ongoing review of the settlement agreement; a process, one survivor says, that can help inform other outstanding issues and help the country learn from its past.
The meeting, along with six other in-person stops across Canada as well as efforts to gather feedback in other ways, is to get input from those who were forced to attend residential schools on how well the settlement agreement has worked and where improvements can be made.
More supports needed for former residential school students in the North, say survivorsPublication: CBC News -
Beatrice Bernhardt says talking about residential school is painful, but she keeps doing it because it's important for the public to know what happened, and how students persevered.
Bernhardt, who spent 12 years at Grollier Hall in Inuvik and two at Grandin College in Fort Smith, implores people to ask questions about residential schools, "so that you can know and understand what we're made of."
"We had hard times but we made it and we'd like to pass on that we're all strong and resilient — everyone — and we can survive again."
Bernhardt and her husband Ernie are both residential school survivors. They spent Thursday hearing and talking about residential schools, and the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.
Reps coming to Yellowknife to get feedback on residential school settlement processPublication: CBC News -
Representatives from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will be in Yellowknife Thursday to gather feedback on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement process.
Survivors of residential schools and their family members will be asked to share their good and bad experiences with the settlement process.
The goal is to "accurately capture what survivors feel worked and didn't work, and then we're going to be presenting that back to the parties, and more importantly, to the country," said Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.
Will mounting costs of reconciliation benefit Indigenous people?Publication: Globe and Mail -
During the 2015 federal election campaign, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau proposed a “Reconciliation Framework” for dealing with Indigenous issues. After becoming prime minister, he re-emphasized that “no relationship is more important to our government and to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.” Noble sentiments, to be sure, but taxpayers are entitled to know more. How much will it cost, and will it achieve an essential objective – raising the standard of living of First Nations? ...
...Then there are the compensatory payments to individuals for historic injustices. The total for residential schools payments initiated by the previous government will come close to $6-billion when all claims are settled and administrative costs are counted.
Settling First Nation grievances could cost Ottawa almost $6 billion over next five yearsPublication: Canada Free Press -
Ottawa’s plans to reconcile with Indigenous people include major financial costs, and Canadians should be aware of those costs,” said Tom Flanagan, Fraser Institute senior fellow, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Calgary and co-author of The Costs of the Canadian Government’s Reconciliation Framework for First Nations.
The study estimates how much the federal government must pay to settle ongoing litigation including the Newfoundland and Labrador Residential Schools settlement, the Sixties Scoop settlement, the class-action lawsuit against “Indian hospitals,” settling Metis land claims, and Bill S-3, which could substantially expand the Indian registry.
A very painful artifact: Strap used at residential school moves from family home to archivesPublication: APTN News -
When the St. Margaret’s Indian Residential School on Couchiching Reserve, Ont., was being torn down during the mid-70s, Rudy Bruyere, a former St. Margaret’s student was rummaging through a former groundskeeper’s house.
What he found that day was something he would never forget, said Curtis Bruyere, the eldest son of Bruyere.
(A handmade strap once used to punish Indigenous children at St. Margaret’s Indian Residential School in Couchiching First Nation, Ont. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN)
Inside a wall were two straps used at St. Margaret’s to punish young Indigenous children....
...The many examples of abuse are well documented. Thousands of former students have been compensated for sexual or serious physical abuse under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Court action launched against Sixties Scoop settlement agreement lawyer feesPublication: CBC News -
A dozen Sixties Scoop survivors filed court action this month aimed at challenging the $37.5 million in fees awarded to three law firms involved in the Sixties Scoop settlement agreement.
The group has applied to the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver seeking to challenge a Federal Court order that approved lawyers' fees of $37.5 million to be split between Koskie Minsky, Merchant Law Group and Klein Lawyers.
They're arguing the change effectively amended the $875 million settlement agreement, something that should have triggered a notice to class members along with a new hearing and round of submissions.