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Deadline for residential school abuse claims is Wednesday

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Wednesday is the deadline to file claims for thousands of survivors who suffered abuse in Indian residential schools in Canada, according to the federal agency handling the claims.

The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat still has months of work to process the claims that have already been filed.

In the meantime, the agency’s website is peppered with notices to survivors and their lawyers to get their paperwork in on time.

After Sept. 19, no new claims can be made.

A electronic link at the website is designed to make submissions easier.

The settlement, approved by nine provincial and territorial superior courts in 2006, settled all residential school claims in Canada. Some 80,000 survivors were eligible for a settlement from a $1.9 billion common experience fund paid to every living survivor.

The deadline this time is for survivors who suffered abuse — sexual, physical or psychological — at the schools.

For more information on deadline information at the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat website, click here.

 

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