First Nations Leadership in Ontario Calls on Government of Canada to Fix Administration of the Day Schools Settlement

First Nations Leadership in Ontario Calls on Government of Canada to Fix Administration of the Day Schools Settlement

by ahnationtalk on June 27, 202294 Views

First Nations Leadership in Ontario Calls on Government of Canada to Fix Administration of the Day Schools Settlement

June 27th, 2022

(June 23, 2022 – Toronto, Ontario) First Nations leadership in Ontario are demanding the Government of Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the Courts implement immediate changes to the Day Schools Settlement to fix major concerns with its administration of claims.

These concerns include the lack of in-person local supports and the inability for a survivor to change compensation levels if they first applied for the wrong level due to a lack of a trauma informed approach. Leadership are also calling for the claims deadline to be extended by two years, allowing for the time lost due to COVID-19 and to give time for a more compassionate process.

“On behalf of the Chiefs in Ontario, I am calling on the Government of Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately work with Class Counsel to repair the administration of the Day Schools Settlement,” said Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare. “Survivors need to be treated with respect and care, and we’re not seeing that.”

Generations of families that have been disrupted by Indian Day Schools are now being re-traumatized due to the settlement process. Chiefs of Ontario believes this is not a burden survivors should bear, and it must be addressed.

In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we are calling for a collaborative process with First Nations leadership in Ontario and across Canada. We also recognize that any changes to the settlement will need to be discussed between the Government of Canada, Gowling WLG, who acts as Class Counsel, and the Courts.

Chiefs of Ontario is requesting support from First Nations leaders across Canada to participate in the Joint Letter, which calls for the Day Schools Settlement to be amended to address these significant concerns.

Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare

“The Government of Canada failed First Nation children and families who attended Federally mandated Day Schools by not providing safe and culturally inclusive spaces for learning. If this Settlement concludes without the necessary amendments, Canada will have failed First Nations children and families, once again. It is not too late to correct this wrong.”

– Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Niganobe

“Our people have raised concerns about the barriers that Survivors face when submitting a claim. It is extremely disheartening that Survivors continue to struggle with the administration of this settlement, and the lack of necessary supports and awareness that has been inherent throughout the entire process to date. Survivors in Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory deserve the adequate time to file a claim with the proper trauma-informed and culturally appropriate supports. Nishnawbe Aski Nation supports these calls to fix the administrative process.”

– Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum

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The Chiefs of Ontario supports all First Nations in Ontario as they assert their sovereignty, jurisdiction and their chosen expression of nationhood. Follow Chiefs of Ontario on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @ChiefsOfOntario.

Media Contact:

Genna Benson
Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Policy and Communications Sector
Chiefs of Ontario
Cell: 416-523-4020
Email: [email protected]

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