Information Update – Former Students of Mistassini Hostels
Former students who attended Mistassini Hostels have until September 2, 2013 to apply for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) and the Independent Assessment Process (IAP). As September 2, 2013 falls on a holiday, Service Canada will accept CEP applications from individuals who resided at the Mistassini Hostels until 11:59 pm, Pacific Time, on September 3, 2013. Those who may have already submitted an application do not need to reapply.
On March 27, 2013, Chief Justice Rolland of the Quebec Superior Court approved an Order allowing former students who resided at Mistassini Hostels to submit applications for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) and the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).
CEP application forms are available on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement – Official Court and Service Canada websites, in person at a Service Canada Center or by calling 1-866-879-4913.
IAP Application Forms are available on the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat website . For more information, please contact the Adjudication Secretariat directly at 1-877-635-2648.
This order is restricted to former students who resided at Mistassini Hostels and has no impact on the general CEP and IAP application deadline of September 19, 2012.
The deadline for applying for the Independent Assessment Process was September 19, 2012. In accordance with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, applications will not be accepted after this date.
The Independent Assessment Process (IAP) is a claimant-centred, non-adversarial, out of court process for the resolution of claims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, and other wrongful acts suffered at Indian Residential Schools (IRS).
The IAP is one element of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which is the largest class action settlement in Canadian history and aims to bring a fair and lasting resolution of the legacy of residential schools. The court-approved Settlement Agreement was negotiated by representatives from various Aboriginal organizations, including the Assembly of First Nations, church representatives, legal representatives for former students, and the Government of Canada.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is responsible for addressing and resolving issues arising from the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and works with former students of Indian Residential Schools, Aboriginal organizations, church representatives, and the Courts, to oversee the timely and effective implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Update: Independent Assessment Process Claimants represented by Blott and Co. can find information directly on the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat website.
The mandate of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat is to implement and administer the IAP under the direction of the Chief Adjudicator in an independent, objective and impartial manner.
The IAP compensates for three categories of claims:
Independent Assessment Process (IAP) applications were accepted until September 19, 2012. The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement states that no applications will be accepted after this date. The IAP was the only way a former student may pursue a claim of sexual or serious physical abuse, or other wrongful acts, unless they had opted out of the Settlement Agreement. Compensation through the IAP will be paid at 100% by the Government in all cases, following a hearing of the claim by an independent Adjudicator.