IRSSAIndian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (Canada)
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The 2007 Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA, or the Settlement) brought together the federal government, former IRS students and survivor organizations, civil litigants, the Assembly of First Nations, and several church bodies.
In 1991, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in Australia released recommendations similar to the IRSSA after investigating the deaths of 99 aboriginal people where arrest or conviction was involved.
Since last fall, most of the $2.8 million that the church's national office had set aside for healing under the IRSSA has been returned to the dioceses that contributed the money, under the terms of the agreement.
The report concluded that, "There is presently no equivalent alternative that could achieve the desired outcomes with the rate of success that the AHF has achieved," and recommended that Canada "continue support for the AHF at least until the IRSSA process is complete in 2012."
Archdeacon Michael Thompson, the national church's general secretary, told CoGS the additional contribution goes beyond what the church is required to do under the IRSSA.
(The Anglican Church of Canada's archive in Toronto has forwarded thousands of names of former residential school students to Ottawa, which has helped them in applying for the Common Experience Payment, a compensation component of the revised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).
"...involuntary disclosure of the IAP documents would be a grievous betrayal of trust, a breach of the IRSSA, and it would foster enmity and new harms, not reconciliation," wrote Perell.
Meanwhile, former students and representatives of churches that are signatory to the revised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) gathered for a round table meeting in Ottawa March 23 and agreed to the importance of having a ceremony for the new Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) members who will be appointed.
"The Government of Canada is bound by the provisions of the IRSSA, as well as the federal laws regarding information management, access to information and privacy of individuals, and takes these obligations very seriously.
Counsel for parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), including the Anglican Church of Canada, announced that Mr.
Getting a strong commitment for reconciliation is important, said Justice Frank Iacobucci, who served as the federal government's negotiator for the IRSSA, and who was inducted as an honourary witness in Edmonton.