Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC

Indian Residential Schools Settlement

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement is an effort by the Canadian government to address the damage that Indian residential schools caused. Under the agreement, the government provided payments to Indian residential school survivors.

The information below may bring back painful memories. If you become upset, call the Indian Residential Schools 24-Hour National Crisis Line immediately at 1-866-925-4419 (no charge). The crisis line will help you get emotional and crisis services.

For more information on healing and support, see the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program website, and Who can help? at the bottom of this page.

 

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Payments

Deadlines have passed to submit applications for payments. No further payments will be issued.

The value of any unused payments is being transferred to the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund and the Inuvialuit Education Foundation. They'll communicate with the public about the educational programs they've developed to benefit all First Nations, Inuit, Inuvialuit, and Métis.

See also the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Official Court website and the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat website.

Who can help?

Healing and support

First Nations Health Authority — Gives mental health and emotional support to Indian residential school survivors. Call 1-877-477-0775 ​(no charge)

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program — A Health Canada program that gives mental health and emotional support services. Call 1-866-925-4419 (no charge)

Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society — Supports Indian residential school survivors. Call 1-800-721-0066 (no charge). For emotional assistance, call 1-800-925-4419 (no charge, 24 hours a day)

KUU-US Crisis Line Society — Crisis line dedicated to the Aboriginal community — Call 1-800-588-8717 (no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Tsow-Tum Le Lum Society — Has programs that support survivors of trauma and Indian residential schools

VictimLink BC — Counselling, information, and referrals — Call 1-800-563-0808 (no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Legal advocacy and advice

Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of BC — Culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal people — Call 604-985-5355 (Greater Vancouver) or 1-877-811-1190 (no charge

Bella Coola Legal Advocacy Program — Free legal help — Bella Coola

UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic — Free legal help on various legal matters — 604-684-7334 (Greater Vancouver) or 1-888-684-7334 (call no charge)