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 October 31, 2014, deadline to apply for Personal Credits originally approved by the Court and agreed to by all parties has passed. Canada and its partners are working together to request an extension. Ultimately, the decision on extending the application deadline will be made by the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Updated information will be posted once a decision is rendered.


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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