Appointment of Daniel Ish as Chief Adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process
OTTAWA, Dec. 14 – The Indian Residential Schools Oversight Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Daniel Ish, Q.C. to the position of Chief Adjudicator for the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which is a key element of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The Government of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations announced the implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement on September 19, 2007. The IAP is one of five key components of the agreement and will address the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools system by resolving claims of serious physical and sexual abuse experienced by former students.
The recruitment and appointment of Mr. Ish was conducted by the IAP Oversight Committee, which is made up of representatives from each party to the Settlement Agreement (former students, the Government of Canada, claimant’s counsel and church organizations). As Chief Adjudicator, Mr. Ish will be responsible for the effective implementation of the Independent Assessment Process set out in the Settlement Agreement. Mr. Ish will also head the IAP Secretariat, which will receive, admit and prepare IAP claims for hearings before an adjudicator. It is expected that over 12,000 claims will be resolved through the IAP over the next six years.
Mr. Ish is a distinguished member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and Alberta. Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Laws in 1970 and Master of Laws in 1974 from Osgoode Hall, Mr. Ish has had an impressive academic career and acquired extensive experience as a mediator, arbitrator, and adjudicator. In particular, Mr. Ish held the position of Dean of Law at the University of Saskatchewan for almost 10 years. He has also served as a senior adjudicator for Indian Residential School claims for the past four years.
The Settlement Agreement provides for Common Experience Payments to eligible former students, as well as the Independent Assessment Process, and measures to support Healing, Commemoration, and the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
For further information: Media Relations: Valérie Haché, Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, (613) 947-5024; This news release is also available on the Internet at: www.irsr-rqpi.gc.ca