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Information for IRS Claimants

Financial arrangements for IRS claims under investigation

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is raising awareness among former Indian Residential School (IRS) students as financial arrangements made by legal firms and other agencies for assisting with compensation claims are under investigation.

NAN encourages all IAP claimants who have questions about fees paid while settling their claims to call the Independent Assessment Process toll-free information line at 1-877-635-2648. Updates as more information becomes available will be posted on the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat website at

Event: Legacy of Residential Schools and Reconciliation – What does it mean for us?

The Law Society and the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre invite you to learn from TRC commissioner, Dr. Marie Wilson, and residential school survivor Garnet Angeconeb, in a dialogue with Honorary Witness and CBC Radio host, Shelagh Rogers, about what the future could hold for this important step in Canada’s history. A Panel Discussion will be held September 10, 2015.

Update: Lawyer facing professional misconduct charges over handling of settlement funds

A Kenora area lawyer is facing professional misconduct charges by the Law Society of Upper Canada over alleged mishandling of settlement funds from Residential School Survivors. A proceeding was held June 30, 2015 in Toronto. A pre-hearing conference is being scheduled for August 2015.

Court Monitor seeks investigation into Kenora law firm

The Court Monitor in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) has asked the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for the authority to conduct an investigation into Kenora lawyer Doug Keshen and his law firm, Keshen & Major Barristers and Solicitors. Following a preliminary investigation, the Chief Adjudicator provided information to the Court Monitor, which has submitted a Request for Direction to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeking the authority to further investigate claims already resolved and paid out. The case was heard in Toronto on September 9, 2014. The Court Monitor has not released its report.

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NAN members requiring more information can contact:

Angela Carter, Director of Community Health and Wellness
Phone: 807-625-4918

Charlene Hamilton, Community Health and Wellness Coodinator
Phone: (807) 625-4979

Please see the following for more information:


Lawyer Doug Keshen to face misconduct charges in Kenora - Kenora Daily Miner and News, December 9, 2015

Lawyer accused of misconduct crashes residential school survivor gathering - APTN Investigates, August 5, 2015

Lawyer accused of mishandling settlement funds of residential school survivors - Toronto Star, June 30, 2015

Ontario lawyer accused of misconduct on residential school claims - CBC News, June 18, 2015

A place for stories and healing - Winnipeg Free Press, November 5, 2014

NAN welcomes Keshen Investigation, supports residential school survivors’ fight for justice - Press Release by Nishnawbe Aski Nation, September 9, 2014

Court cracking down on survivor compensation abuses - APTN Investigates, August 8, 2014

Residential school survivors re-victimized - Wawatay News, June 26, 2014

Doug Keshen's residential school disbursements raise questions: Kenora lawyer says he did no wrong - CBC News,  June 10, 2014

Victims being re-victimized as financial arrangements for IRS claims under investigation - Joint Press Release by Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Grand Council Treaty #3, June 9, 2014

Kenora Lawyer Doug Keshen under investigation: Concerns raised by residential school claimants - CBC News, June 9, 2014

Residential school survivors win court battle against form fillers - The Globe and Mail, June 6, 2014

Protest held in front of Keshen office - Kenora Online, June 5, 2014

Legal Documents

Order - Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division, December 7, 2015

Amended Notice of Application: LSUC-Keshen - Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division, June 22, 2015

Notice of Application: LSUC-Keshen - Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division, June 10, 2015

Order/Decision: Fontaine et al. v. Canada (Attorney General) - Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba, June 4, 2014

Request for Direction: Fontaine et al. v. Canada (Attorney General) - Ontario Superior Court of Justice, May 29, 2014