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Updated: IAP records to be destroyed after 15 years unless claimants consent to archiving: Supreme Court

Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 1:05 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court has affirmed 7-0 that the more than 37,000 former students of Indian residential schools who claimed compensation from Ottawa for historic physical and sexual abuse are entitled to decide whether their personal records created during the claims process should be destroyed, or archived for posterity.

Justice Russell BrownIn dismissing the attorney general of Canada’s appeal Oct. 6, the top court affirmed decisions in the Ontario courts below that the confidential personal records obtained by the federal government from the independent assessment process (IAP)...