The children`s names and schools were visible on a huge blood-red cloth banner 47 metres long. Tia-o-qui-aht First Nation Elder Dr. Barney Williams, Residential School Survivor and member of the Indian Residential School Survivor Committee (an advisory body of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission), believes that the ceremony was important to ensure that the children who died are not forgotten: “Today is a special day not only for me, but for thousands of others, like me, all over the country, to finally bring gratitude and honour to our schoolchildren, to our cousins, to our nephews who have been forgotten.” For Elder Williams, the revelation of the 2,800 names was an “emotional” and “very emotional” moment for himself and for thousands of Aboriginal families across Canada. The conciliation agreement also provides $60 million for a five-year Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which would allow individuals, families and communities to share their experiences. The commission established in 2008 was ordered to make public through national events (z.B. Winnipeg in June 2010; Inuvik, NWT, in June 2011; Halifax in October 2011; Saskatoon in June 2012) and its support for regional and local activities. It would also create a “comprehensive historical record” on residential schools (and, on budget, a research centre). As of August 2012, the federal government had disclosed more than 941,000 documents to the TRC relating to residential schools. The law firm Regina, Saskatchewan Lawyer, Tony Merchant, Q.C. — Merchant Law Group LLP — represented more than 7,000 survivors — about 50 per cent of known residential school survivors in Canada who were pursuing class actions against the Canadian federal government. [12] Following the publication of the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples report, survivors of residential schools gathered across the country for meetings attended by Tony Merchant, who became a “familiar figure” and welcomed thousands of survivors for collective action. [13] MLG`s lawyers received “nothing until a class action was concluded” in a judicial agreement that was motivated by the liquidation.

[13] David Blott`s law firm in Calgary, Alberta, “processed nearly 4,600 residential school applications.” [14] The IRSSA transferred a common $960 million to the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), a “comparison fund for allegations of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and other illegitimate acts” to the IRS, which “provides money to those who have suffered serious physical and/or sexual abuse in an Indian residential school… The maximum payment is $275,000, but for fees for loss of real income, an additional $250,000 can be awarded. [19] As of December 31, 2012, more than $1.7 billion had been spent through the PPI. About three times as many applications have been received than expected and the PPI negotiations are expected to continue until about 2017. In 2011, there were already 29,000 applications, twice as many as initially estimated by the IRSSA, and this figure is expected to increase further. Violent abuse is “creeping, not isolated.” According to Dan Ish, director of the Indian Residential School Adjudication adjudicator for the IAP, he estimated in 2012 that the iAP fees would be between $2 billion and $3 billion more than expected. [20] In January 2015, the Attorney General`s Office of Canada launched an action in the Queen`s Court for Saskatchewan in Regina, Saskatchewan, on behalf of the Canadian federal government against Die Inseregina, Merchant Law Group of Saskatchewan. Tony Merchant, Q.C., who “is known as the king of class action in Canada”[31][13] and the Merchant Law Group LLP had successfully represented about fifty per cent of all “known persons in Canada who pursued class actions against the Canadian federal government as survivors of residential schools.” [12] In November 2005, they were part of the negotiating teams that resulted in a multi-billion dollar national agreement with the Canadian government, which amounts to $1.9 billion in compensation for common experience payments and $3 billion in compensation for the Independent Assessment Process (IAP). [12] L

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