Indian Residential Schools


The Web site deals with topics that may cause trauma invoked by memories of past abuse. The Government of Canada recognizes the need for safety measures to minimize the risk associated with triggering.

A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services. You can also get information on how to get other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Please call the Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 if you or someone you know is triggered while reading the content on this web site.

Key Milestones

Learn more about the history of Indian Residential Schools, as well as key milestones leading up to the present day, by visiting our online visual presentation.

Personal Credits:

The Deadlines to Apply for, Redeem and Use Personal Credits have been extended.

Common Experience Payment Recipients now have more time to apply for, redeem and use Personal Credits. The decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia provides new deadlines to apply for and redeem Personal Credits as follows:

  • March 9, 2015, is the new deadline for Common Experience Payment recipients to submit an application for Personal Credits.
  • June 8, 2015, is the new deadline for approved education entities and groups to submit Redemption Forms for payment.
  • August 31, 2015, is the new deadline for CEP recipients, or their family members, to complete courses or programs for which Personal Credits are used.

For more detailed information please visit Residential Schools Settlement – Official Court Website or call 1-866-343-1858.


As per the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the deadline to apply for the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) and for Common Experience Payment (CEP) under exceptional circumstances was September 19, 2012. The deadline has now passed.

Former students who have already applied to CEP can obtain more information about their application by calling 1-866-565-4526.

IAP applicants can call 1-866-879-4913 for more information.

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