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St. Anne's Survivors Hearing

Next Hearing:

On Wednesday December 13, 2017, we join with Indian Residential School survivors Angela Shisheesh and Edmund Metatawabin for a rally and media availability outside the courthouse where the Government of Canada continues to fight survivors of the notorious St. Anne’s Indian Residential School.

Notice of Rally/Public Proceeding

Date:          Wednesday December 13, 2017
Time:         9 a.m.
Location:  Ontario Superior Court, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

About St. Anne’s Survivors: 

Survivors have fought a lengthy legal battle for access to thousands of pages of police evidence documenting horrific crimes of abuse and torture at St. Anne’s Indian Residential School.

Due to the concealment of documents by the federal government, survivors must now argue that they have the right to be heard and prove standing in court.

Horrible abuse of the children at St. Anne’s  took place over many decades.  The Ontario Provincial Police conducted interviews with more than 700 survivors in the 1990s, which led to five former employees from St. Anne’s being convicted.

Edmund Metawabin and other individual survivors of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School began to pursue their legal rights under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, but police records were withheld.

The Justice Department of Canada was ordered to release documents to the survivors, but kept them held within their archives. Survivors rely on these historical files to prove that they attended the school and support their claims of abuse.
Ottawa continues to face ongoing litigation on these cases.

Media Contacts:

Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965, cell (807) 621-2790 or mheintzman@nan.on.ca

Office of Charlie Angus, MP (Timmins-James Bay) – 613-762-9617 or charlie.angus.a1@parl.gc.ca