Residential school survivors eligible for compensation

Karen Longwell
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The payments made to residential school survivors were expected to start flowing in October.

Survivors are allotted a $10,000 base plus $3,000 for every year at school and more money for those sexually or physically abused.

Lyle Whitefish, a vice-chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, said in September that there could be impacts when the money started to flow in.

Residential school survivors eligible for compensation

The payments made to residential school survivors were expected to start flowing in October.

Survivors are allotted a $10,000 base plus $3,000 for every year at school and more money for those sexually or physically abused.

Lyle Whitefish, a vice-chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, said in September that there could be impacts when the money started to flow in.

Thousands of residential school survivors applied for Common Experience Payments this September.

In Saskatchewan 18,000 survivors registered for the payments, making this the province with the largest number of residential school survivors.

In Prince Albert, Service Canada representatives took applications at the Senator Allan Bird Memorial Centre from Sept. 19 to 22.

But survivors have until Sept. 19, 2009 to apply for the payment.

Bank officials and health care workers were also available at the centre to provide applicants with advise and assistance.

Police Albert city police raised concerns about an increase in drug and alcohol abuse related calls.

In late November, some school abuse survivors found they were not eligible for common experience payments. Many day students suffered the same types of physical and mental abuse as students in residence. But day students are not currently eligible for common experience payments.

Also two northern Saskatchewan schools - Ile-a-la-Crosse and Timber Bay don't currently fit the definition of a residential school in the settlement terms.

Tammy Cook-Searson, Lac La Ronge Indian Band chief, retained lawyer Jack Tootoosis to make an application for the Timber Bay school to be recognized as a residential school. About 150 Lac La Ronge Indian Band members were students of the Timber Bay school.

The FSIN is also lobbying to have Ile-a-la-Crosse and Timber Bay schools defined as residential schools under the Indian residential schools settlement.

Organizations: Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Prince Albert, Service Canada Lac La Ronge Indian Band Timber Bay school

Geographic location: Ile-a-la-Crosse

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