Ottawa – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said he welcomes Ontario Superior Court decision requiring the federal government to disclose and provide all documents related to the Indian Residential Schools era to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) consistent with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (Settlement Agreement).
“Today’s decision by the Ontario Superior Court underscores the importance of the truth-telling and truth-sharing mandate of the TRC, in assisting with the individual healing of former students, their families and our communities, and helps advance the steps required toward reconciliation for First Nations and all Canadians,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo, adding that AFN continues advocacy efforts to ensure the key principles of healing and reconciliation are the cornerstones of implementation of the Indian Residential Settlement Agreement.
“As a central party to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the Assembly of First Nations urges the Government of Canada to fulfil its obligation under the Settlement Agreement and expeditiously share documentation with the TRC in an organized manner,” said National Chief Atleo.
Justice Stephen Goudge released the decision clarifying the Government of Canada’s basic obligation regarding document in its possession or control, specifically its requirement to provide all relevant documents to ...
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