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Update for December 4th, 2007: Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement Common Experience Payment Amounts

by NationTalk on December 5, 20071049 Views

Update for December 4th, 2007:

Information Advisory
Re: Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement Common Experience Payment Amounts.

OTTAWA, December 3, 2007 – Common Experience Payments (CEP) are based on:

– An application accompanied by validated personal identity documentation;
– Student residency in a recognized residential school; and
– The number of years of residency ($10,000 for the first school year or portion thereof and $3,000 for each subsequent year).

Former students applying for the CEP present unique personal histories and sets of school experiences and a number of factors can influence how quickly the government can process an application. The Government is fully committed to continuing to process applications as quickly and efficiently as possible.Where cases are complex or there are gaps in the historical records, prior to making a decision the Government will contact the applicant directly and give them the opportunity to provide further information/documentation that could assist in the assessment of their eligibility.

In cases where the CEP is less then expected the applicant will receive a detailed letter explaining their assessment and precisely how to proceed if they do not agree with the Government’s decision concerning the outcome of their application under the court-supervised Settlement Agreement.

It is possible that the explanation letter may not arrive on the same day as the cheque or direct deposit. If this is the case, please note that the letter will follow shortly after and efforts are in place to minimize the gap in time, between the arrival of the payment and the letter.

The applicant has the right to reconsideration, which is an internal review of the initial decision completed within Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada. Following reconsideration if the applicant still does not agree with the decision that has been made the applicant has the right to appeal to the National Administration Committee (NAC), the multi party Committee overseeing the administration of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement.
The next status update will be available on December 12th, 2007.

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