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A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement now available as an eBook

A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools SettlementOur online-only booklet A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement is now available as an eBook! You can download it to any eBook reader, including Kobo, Kindle, or even your smart phone or iPad or tablet. For advocates, LIOWs, and ACLWs, this means that you no longer need an Internet connection in order to access this publication, and you no longer need to remember to bring printouts to share this information with your clients. Cross-references are linked, making it easy to navigate and get right to the information your client needs. Still not sure about eBooks? Check out Lifehack’s Ten Advantages of E-book Readers.

A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement provides easy-to-understand information on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The booklet explains to survivors what their options are under the agreement, including what their options are now that the deadlines to apply to the Common Experience Payment and Independent Assessment Process have passed. It also includes information on the Personal Credits that are available to survivors who received a Common Experience Payment. It has a comprehensive section on where to get legal help and emotional support.

Personal Credits for Indian Residential Schools Survivors

Indian residential school survivors who got a Common Experience Payment are also eligible for Personal Credits. Personal Credits are available for educational purposes, and cover up to $3,000. Family members of eligible people can also use these credits.

To use your Personal Credits, you must submit your Personal Credits Acknowledgement Form. This form was sent in the mail to anyone who got a Common Experience Payment. The deadline to submit your Personal Credits Acknowledgement Form is October 31, 2014.

Once your Personal Credits Acknowledgement Form has been processed, you will get a Personal Credits Redemption Form. This form must be post marked no later than December 1, 2014.

To request a form, or for help with filling out your forms, call 1-866-343-1858. If you’re hard of hearing, call 1-877-627-7027 (TTY).

For more information, see the Indian Residential Schools Settlement — Official Court Website.

Hot off the press: revised Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement

Indian Residential Schools Settlement

A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools SettlementWe’ve updated our online-only booklet A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement. This booklet is for Indian residential school survivors and for the advocates who help them. Written in plain language, this booklet has complete and easy-to-understand information on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. It also has a comprehensive “Who can help” section with resources and information for survivors on where to get support, health and healing, and where to get legal help.

The booklet has been updated to let survivors know what their options are now that the deadlines to apply to the Common Experience Payment and the Independent Assessment Process under the settlement agreement have passed.

We’ve also revised the booklet to make it easier to read, and have added some new features, like linked cross-references and clickable external links to resources.

Hot off the press: Indian Residential Schools Settlement

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement: The Independent Assessment Process and the Common Experience Payment fact sheet has been revised and reprinted. This fact sheet is for Indian residential school survivors who want to know what their options are under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The fact sheet explains who’s covered by the agreement and includes information on how to make an Independent Assessment Process application, and has been revised to let survivors know what their options are now that the Common Experience Payment application deadline has passed. The fact sheet also includes information on who can help with settlement agreement claims, including how to get legal help and emotional support.

Remember! Common Experience Payment deadline: September 19, 2011

Indian residential school survivors who want to apply for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) need to do so by September 19, 2011. See our August 12 blog entry, Reminder! Common Experience Payment deadline is September 19, 2011 for details. For help with applications, you can also call the Indian Residential School Survivors’ Society at 1-800-721-0066, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Reminder! Common Experience Payment deadline is September 19, 2011

Indian residential school survivors who want to apply for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) need to do so by September 19, 2011. All Indian residential school survivors who lived at one or more eligible schools and did not opt out of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement by August 19, 2007 can apply for compensation under the Common Experience Payment. Survivors are still eligible for the Common Experience Payment even if they did not attend the school for the full school year. The Common Experience Payment is $10,000 for the first school year, and $3,000 for each additional school year. If your client receives a Common Experience Payment, his or her social assistance benefits will not be affected. However, if he or she owes child or spousal support payments, those payments may be taken out of their Common Experience Payment.

To apply for the Common Experience Payment, clients need to fill out a Common Experience Payment (CEP) application form. Your client does not need a lawyer to fill out the form. If your client is unable to fill out the form themselves, there is a separate application form that you or another personal representative of your client can fill out on his or her behalf. If your client wants to apply on behalf of a parent who passed away on or after May 30, 2005, your client can do so using the personal representative’s application form (as above), provided that he or she is the appointed executor of estate or the parent signed a will. If the parent did not sign a will, your client will need to contact Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

For more information on the Common Experience Payment and how to apply, you or your client can call 1-866-699-1742 (no charge) or visit Service Canada’s website. Those who have difficulty with their hearing or speech can call 1-800-926-9105 (TTY, no charge). The Indian Residential Schools Settlement: The Common Experience Payment and the Independent Assessment Process fact sheet and A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement contain detailed, easy-to-understand information on the settlement agreement, the Common Experience Payment and the Independent Assessment Process and how to apply, how to get legal help, and where to get emotional help and support.

Note: Applying for the Common Experience Payment may bring back painful and traumatic memories for your client. If he or she becomes upset, your client can call the Indian Residential Schools 24-Hour National Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 (no charge). The crisis line will help your client get emotional and crisis services.

Free information session on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

LSS Aboriginal LogoOn July 12, 2011 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Legal Services Society, along with David Paterson, a lawyer and expert on Indian residential school claims, will be hosting a free information session on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement at the upcoming 35th Annual BC Elders’ Gathering. The information session is for Indian residential school survivors who want to know what their options are under the settlement agreement and how the application and hearing processes work for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) and the Independent Assessment Process (IAP). The information session will also benefit lawyers, law students, advocates, and those who work with Aboriginal people within the justice system.

Where: Abbotsford Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC  V2T 6H5
When:  Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
RSVP: Pamela Shields, Manager, Aboriginal Services, Legal Services Society

Law Society of BC CPD hours:
Two hours

While you’re at the Elders’ Gathering, be sure to come by the Legal Services Society booth for information and free publications on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement! Come by for free copies of our fact sheet Indian Residential Schools Settlement: The Common Experience Payment and the Independent Assessment Process and our booklet A Guide to the Indian Residential School Settlement.

Note: The deadline to apply for the Common Experience Payment is September 19, 2011. The deadline to apply to the Independent Assessment Process is September 19, 2012.

Hot off the press:A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools SettlementThis new booklet is for Indian residential school survivors who want to know what their options are under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The booklet gives comprehensive, easy-to-understand information on the Common Experience Payment (CEP), the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The booklet includes information on how to apply for the Common Experience Payment and the Independent Assessment Process and who can help with the application process, as well as how to provide a statement to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The booklet also includes information on how to get legal help and where survivors can get emotional and community support.

Note: The deadline to apply for the Common Experience Payment is September 19, 2011.

Hot off the press: Indian Residential Schools Settlement: The Common Experience Payment and the Independent Assessment Process

Indian Residential Schools SettlementThis new fact sheet is for Indian residential school survivors who want to know what their options are under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. The fact sheet explains the Common Experience Payment and the Independent Assessment Process, who is eligible to apply for the Common Experience Payment and/or to the Independent Assessment Process, and how to apply to both. The fact sheet also provides information on who can help survivors with their applications, as well as where they can go for legal help or emotional support if they are in crisis.

Note: The deadline to apply for the Common Experience Payment is September 19, 2011.