New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says the government is denying the victims of St. Anne's residential school justice. He says victims' voices are not being heard in a court case involving documents from an investigation of the alleged abuse.
Advocates for victims of residential school abuse say their voices are not being heard in a court case that's to decide what to do with documents from an investigation of the alleged abuse.The federal government has asked the courts for help in deciding what to do with the documents, which stem from a police investigation into abuse at a residential school in northern Ontario.The government wants a legal opinion on whether the documents can be released to Ontario Superior Court, which is overseeing implementation of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Ottawa.But the victims need to be represented in Ontario court, and the federal government should ensure they have legal counsel present, says New Democrat MP Charlie Angus."For this legal opinion to be valid, the survivors have to be there," Angus told a news conference Monday."It cannot just be the federal government going to a closed hearing to give their side of the story."Hundreds of aboriginal children from remote James Bay communities were sent to St. Anne's residential school in Fort Albany from 1904 to 1976.It was one of 140 church-run residential schools set up in Canada to "civilize" First Nations.