Ottawa Sets Deadline To Settle School Abuse File

Monday, May 30, 2005 at 14:50



The federal government feels it has come up with a way to deal with the residential school abuse issue once and for all.


Ottawa has appointed former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to work with the Assembly of First Nations on a settlement package.


In an agreement signed today with the AFN, the government has put a March 6th, 2006 deadline for Iacobbucci and the assembly to come up with a mutually agreed-upon package.


The AFN has been pushing Ottawa to provide a lump-sum payment of $10,000 to each former student, plus an additional $3,000 for each year they attended a residential school.


Iaccobucci and Fontaine will also explore establishing a “truth and reconciliation” commission and revamping the Alternative Dispute Resolution process.