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Legal arguments regarding two critical issues (see below) will be presented on behalf of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School (IRS) survivors. You can show your concern and support by attending this hearing.
Date: Wed. May 11, 2016.
Time: 10 am hearing time; 9:30 am arrival time.
Place: Osgoode Hall Courthouse, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto (Court room to be posted on site; security screening to enter building) Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/cTeRY6AcYQq
HERE ARE THE TWO CRITICAL ISSUES:
1. The 2015 narrative about St. Anne’s IRS, summarizing the sexual and physical abuses suffered as children and reported as adults to various arms of the Ontario Justice system from 1992 to 2004, should be entered as part of the official public court record and available for viewing by the survivors and the Canadian public. No names or identifying features of students or perpetrators are contained in the 2015 narrative summaries.
2. Department of Justice lawyers, who withheld 12,300 documents from officials in Aboriginal Affairs, from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and from Independent Assessment Process (IAP) claimants in their confidential hearings from the start of the Settlement Agreement in May 2006 until remedied in 2015, should be compelled to provide direct testimony to explain their decisions and the process involved, that led to the withholding of evidence supporting the IAP claims of St. Anne’s IRS survivors. The same 12,300 documents were withheld by the Catholic Church entities that operated St. Anne’s IRS, so evidence is being sought as to why and by what process those decisions were made.
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