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BR Residential School Fight – CP

by ahnationtalk on March 13, 201850 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Mar 13, 2018

TORONTO – Survivors of a notorious Ontario residential school are facing off against the federal government in another round of a convoluted legal battle over document secrecy.

Among other things, the plaintiffs want the province’s top court to order a review of all the compensation claims adjudicated against St. Anne’s residential school before the government disclosed thousands of documents from a 1990s criminal investigation by provincial police.

The documents were generated during 62 lawsuits related to horrific physical and sexual abuse 154 Indigenous people had suffered at the Fort Albany, Ontario school.

Those lawsuits were all resolved without a trial but before the government settled a broader class action brought by Indian residential school survivors in 2007.

The federal government, the plaintiffs argue, has no legal basis to claim “settlement privilege” to keep the civil documents secret.

The case is expected to be heard today and tomorrow.

(The Canadian Press)

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