Settlement Agreement

The implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement began on September 19, 2007 following the consensus reached between legal counsel for former students, legal counsel for the Churches, the Assembly of First Nations, other Aboriginal organizations and the Government of Canada to achieve a fair and lasting resolution of the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

The implementation of this historic agreement brings a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. Former students can now benefit from the individual and collective measures provided by the Settlement Agreement.

The Settlement Agreement includes five different elements to address the legacy of Indian Residential Schools:

  1. A Common Experience Payment (CEP) for all eligible former students of Indian Residential Schools;

  2. An Independent Assessment Process (IAP) for claims of sexual or serious physical abuse;

  3. Measures to support healing;

  4. Commemorative activities; and,

  5. The establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). 

Bringing closure to the legacy of Indian residential schools lies at the heart of reconciliation and a renewal of the relationships between Aboriginal people who attended these schools, their families and communities, and all Canadians.

To view the final Settlement Agreement and Schedules please visit the Official Court  website.