Actions and Commitments: Call to Action # 29

Exploring Stakeholder: "St. Anne's Residential School"

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October 25, 2021

St. Anne’s IRS

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) – Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum today called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end Canada’s relentless legal battles against Survivors of the notorious St. Anne’s Indian Residential School and meet with them in the spirt of reconciliation during a press conference in Ottawa: “The Survivors of St. Anne’s Residential...

June 17, 2021

Detailed timeline of St. Anne’s fight for justice

TVO – The survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School – operated by the Catholic Oblates of Mary Immaculate (who were also responsible for running the Kamloops school) and the Grey Sisters of the Cross – continue their fight with the federal government. On June 3, 2021 NDP leader Jagmeet Singh orders a motion calling for the...

March 26, 2021

Survivors of St. Anne’s IRS reject Ottawa’s independent review

 Nishnawbe Aski Nation – Survivors of St. Anne’s Residential school are rejecting Ottawa’s independent review announced on March 18, 2021 outright. Canada hasn’t consulted the survivors with any meaningful dialogue on this new process and without their duty to consult in good faith. “We reject Minister Bennett’s offer as it minimizes the rights of survivors and...

March 18, 2021

Independent review of thousands of records

Toronto Star – The federal government has asked for an Independent Review of thousands of documents for St. Anne’s survivors claims...

November 5, 2020

Court rules that fight over documents must be heard in Ontario and not in BC

APTN – Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the residential school fight over documents cannot be transferred to BC but must be heard by an Ontario Superior Court judge citing “access to justice considerations”. The Ontario government, siding with the survivors, argued Perell had overstepped his authority by ordering the B.C. move. The federal...

May 10, 2018

Ontario court rules survivors have no rights to documents

Survivors have no right to documents they argued were crucial to compensating them for the horrific abuses they suffered, Ontario’s top court has ruled. However, in its decision this week, the Appeal Court agreed the claimant had no direct tie to the civil litigation materials and the government, therefore, was not obliged to turn them...

May 2, 2018

Government of Canada agrees to negotiate a settlement

Carolyn Bennett on behalf of the Government of Canada, has agreed to enter into negotiations towards a meaningful resolution to the ongoing legal battle between survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School and the federal government....

January 4, 2018

Court rules government can reject use of police and court transcripts as evidence

Ontario Superior court ruled that the federal government could continue to reject the use of police and court transcripts as evidence in student-on-student compensation claims from survivors who attended St. Anne’s Indian Residential School....

December 14, 2017

Government refuses to release former testimony

The government will not release the former testimony collected in the 1990s and has taken the position that all witnesses, must re-testify....

December 1, 2016

Government only disclosed records of abuse allegations under a court order

Federal Govt. is challenging. Records of a criminal investigation and prosecutions that took place as a result of abuse allegations were only disclosed under court orders in 2014. This secrecy and delay meant other survivors missed out on compensation granted under settlement of a class action related to the residential school system. More than 700...

January 14, 2014

Federal government deliberately withheld records from Independent Assessment process

St. Anne’s survivors (about 1,000) have proved that the government filed false reports about child abuse at St. Anne’s. More than 12,000 documents had been in possession of the federal Department of Justice from St. Anne’s survivors about their sexual and severe abuse, but this information was surpressed by the federal government for the Independent...

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