Conference examines Canada’s settlement agreements with Indigenous peoples

Media Advisory Release Date: October 9, 2019 11:45 a.m.

The University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada are hosting Whose Settlement? A Conference, October 10-11, 2019, examining Canada’s settlement agreements with Indigenous peoples.

Class action lawsuits to address Canada’s historical wrongs toward Indigenous people have resulted in several settlement agreements; the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) in 2006 being the largest. The Independent Assessment Process (IAP), like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was part of the IRSSA. The IAP resulted in 38,000 claims by Survivors who suffered serious abuses while attending the Schools. The IRSSA was followed by the Sixties Scoop Settlement Agreement in 2017, and the Day School Settlement Agreement in 2019. In each case, the settlement agreements are unique and unprecedented.

Media are invited to attend the public panel discussion called Whose Settlement Agreement? Learning from the ’60s Scoop and IAP discussion on October 10, 2019:

What: Panel discussion with:

  • Dan Shapiro, Chief Adjudicator of the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat.
  • Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Caron George, Adjudicator with the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).
  • Robert Doucette, a 60s Scoop survivor. Executive Director Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre.
  • Raven Sinclair, a 60s scoop survivor and a professor of social work at the University of Regina.
  • Margaret Jacobs, historian and author of A Generation Removed: The Fostering and Adoption of Indigenous Children in the Postwar World.

Where: Multipurpose Room- First Nations University of Canada, Regina Campus
When: 6:20 – 9:00 p.m., Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Full conference details are available here.

Note: To arrange interviews with conference presenters contact Everett Dorma at the contact information noted above.


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