Appointment of Daniel Ish as Chief Adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process

    OTTAWA, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Indian Residential Schools Oversight
Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Daniel Ish, Q.C. to
the position of Chief Adjudicator for the Independent Assessment Process
(IAP), which is a key element of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement
    The Government of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations announced the
implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement on
September 19, 2007. The IAP is one of five key components of the agreement and
will address the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools system by resolving
claims of serious physical and sexual abuse experienced by former students.
    The recruitment and appointment of Mr. Ish was conducted by the IAP
Oversight Committee, which is made up of representatives from each party to
the Settlement Agreement (former students, the Government of Canada,
claimant's counsel and church organizations). As Chief Adjudicator, Mr. Ish
will be responsible for the effective implementation of the Independent
Assessment Process set out in the Settlement Agreement. Mr. Ish will also head
the IAP Secretariat, which will receive, admit and prepare IAP claims for
hearings before an adjudicator. It is expected that over 12,000 claims will be
resolved through the IAP over the next six years.

    Mr. Ish is a distinguished member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and
Alberta. Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor
of Laws in 1970 and Master of Laws in 1974 from Osgoode Hall, Mr. Ish has had
an impressive academic career and acquired extensive experience as a mediator,
arbitrator, and adjudicator. In particular, Mr. Ish held the position of Dean
of Law at the University of Saskatchewan for almost 10 years. He has also
served as a senior adjudicator for Indian Residential School claims for the
past four years.

    The Settlement Agreement provides for Common Experience Payments to
eligible former students, as well as the Independent Assessment Process, and
measures to support Healing, Commemoration, and the creation of a Truth and
Reconciliation Commission.

For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: Valérie Haché, Indian
Residential Schools Resolution Canada, (613) 947-5024; This news release is
also available on the Internet at:

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