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Group seeking “lost” Residential School Claimants

Time is winding down for Residential School survivors seeking compensation for abuse they suffered.

The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat is trying to find over 400 people that have not been heard from for an extended period of time.

Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro says his group has launched an awareness campaign as the Independent Assessment Process is on track to wind down its hearings in the Spring of 2016.

Shapiro says the recent release of Truth and Reconciliation Commission report has brought greater public awareness and an opportunity to provide for healing and reconciliation going forward.

Those with unresolved claims in the Independent Assessment Process who haven’t heard anything about the progress of their claim in the last several months should contact their lawyer or the IAP information line at 1-877-635-2648.

The IAP was established in 2007 under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest class action suit in Canadian history.

The Secretariat has received nearly 38,000 applications for compensation, resolved over 83 per cent of claims, and has seen the federal government pay out over $2.78 billion in compensation so far. There are still over 6,300 claims in progress.

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