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St. Anne's Survivors Hearing

Notice: St. Anne’s Survivors and Concerned Citizens

On March 13, 2018, Edmund Metatawabin, Former Chief of Fort Albany First Nation, plus other survivors of St. Anne’s IRS are bringing legal proceedings before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto.  The hearing may last into March 14, 2018.

Metatawabin is challenging federal officials and others for breach of the IRS Settlement Agreement and for procedural unfairness in the IAP process.  Federal Government officials withheld evidence and filed false reports from 2007 until 2014, despite having documents that recorded widespread child abuse at St. Anne’s.  IAP hearings were heard from 2007 until 2014 without Government mandatory disclosure. Any member of the public can attend.

Notice of Public Proceeding

Date: Tuesday March 13, 2018

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: 130 Queen Street West, Toronto


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 Contact:

Office of Charlie Angus, MP (Timmins-James Bay) – 613-762-9617 or