Harper Government Announces Personal Credits for Education for Common Experience Payment Recipients

Common Experience Payment Recipients can now apply for credits to use towards a wide range of educational programs and services

January 20, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

The Government of Canada has made available a one-time Personal Credit for educational programs and services to those who have received a Common Experience Payment (CEP) under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

Personal Credits are available for a wide range of educational programs and services, including those provided by universities, colleges, trade or training schools, Indigenous institutions of higher learning, or those related to literacy.

These Personal Credits are being made available to CEP recipients as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which was negotiated by legal counsel for former students and the Churches, the Assembly of First Nations, other Aboriginal organizations and the Government of Canada.

Quick facts

  • A preapproved list of educational entities and groups, jointly developed by Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Representatives, has been posted on the Official Court website.
  • CEP recipients will be mailed a personalized Personal Credits Acknowledgement Form this month.
  • Interested CEP recipients can visit the Official Court website for more information, including how to apply for these credits.

Quotes

"A good quality education is an integral part of reconciliation in that it helps enable First Nation children to develop a strong sense of identity, and the confidence and skills they need to reach their full potential. Our government takes its requirements under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement seriously and we continue to ensure our obligations are fulfilled in the spirit of reconciliation. That is why recipients of the Common Experience Payment (CEP) can now apply to receive non-cash Personal Credits in educational programs and services, for either themselves or certain family members."

- Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

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Andrea Richer
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
819-997-0002

Media Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
819-953-1160

 

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