OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN Regional Chief Bill Erasmus today
encouraged eligible former Indian Residential School students to submit
applications for common experience payments as outlined under the 2007
Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).
"The Common Experience Payment (CEP) is just one piece of a
comprehensive approach to healing and reconciliation as we work
together to move forward from the dark history of residential schools,"
said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "Based on direction by Chiefs,
AFN continues to advocate to strengthen and improve support for
survivors and the Settlement Agreement process itself. We support
efforts by legal counsel and survivors advocating for any addition of
an Indian Residential School. However, as it stands the deadline for
CEP is September 19, 2011. We encourage eligible former residential
school students to engage in the compensation process while at the same
time supporting all survivors to continue their healing journey."
The Common Experience Payment (CEP) is one of two compensation processes
for former residential school students as outlined in the AFN-led
settlement agreement signed in 2007. CEP is a lump sum payment
recognizing the experience and impacts or residing at residential
school, including loss of culture and language. Eligible former
residential school students that apply for CEP will receive $10,000 for
the first year or part thereof plus an additional $3,000 for each
subsequent year or partial year. The deadline for applications to CEP is September 19, 2011.
"We encourage residential school survivors who feel this is helpful to
their healing to apply immediately, including seeking assistance from
family or support workers in filling out applications if required.
Legal advice is not required for the CEP and former students do not
need copies of their school records to apply for CEP," said AFN
Regional Chief and portfolio holder Bill Erasmus.
Those eligible for CEP include any former student who resided at a
recognized Indian Residential School and was alive on May 30, 2005
(October 5, 1996 for Cloud Class Members). Application packages are
available at www.servicecanada.gc.ca or by calling 1-866-699-1742; TTY 1-800-926-9105. Completed
applications can be submitted either by mail or in person to a
centralized processing centre through Service Canada Outreach Services
at various locations across Canada
The Independent Assessment Payment (IAP) is an out-of-court adjudicative
process for individual compensation for sexual abuse, serious physical
abuse and other wrongful acts causing serious psychological harm to
former residential school students. The deadline for that compensation process is September 19, 2012.
The IRSSA is the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history.
Implementation began September 19, 2007. Parties to the settlement
agreement include the Government of Canada, Legal counsel for former
students, Churches, the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit
organizations. The intent of the settlement agreement is to begin
repairing harm caused by residential schools.
The Settlement Agreement includes:
Compensation for former students
Establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Health and healing support measures
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.
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