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Ottawa opposed creation of detailed statistical reports on residential schools – CBC

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May 22, 2020

Another legal battle is unfolding over the fate of residential school-related records with Ottawa winning an initial round to prevent the creation of detailed statistical reports that would reveal which institutions faced the highest number of abuse claims, court records show.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is appealing a January Ontario Superior Court ruling that sided with Ottawa to prevent the creation of detailed reports drawn from a database held by the body that oversaw residential school compensation claims.

The court also blocked the transfer of a number of other compensation claim-related records held by the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat directly to the centre.

Ontario Justice Paul Perell sided with Canada in his Jan. 20 judgment saying that, despite safeguards outlined by the secretariat, it would still be possible to identify an individual claimant through the type of static reports the secretariat proposed.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/court-decision-statistical-reports-residential-school-abuse-1.5579455