Monday, November 8, 2010

Residential Schooling Case

An appeal before the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal in St. John’s will be heard on the Residential Schooling Class Action lawsuit.

According to the latest press release, the appeal will commence on November 9 at 10:00am in Courtroom 1 of the old court house located on 309 Duckworth Street.

In June, 2010, Judge Justice Fowler of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court certified classes in the case of five former residential schools.

The Government of Canada has appealed that ruling.

The cases all involve the claims of former residential school survivors excluded from the national settlement signed in 2005.

The appeal is supported by the Nunatsiavut Government, the Innu Nation and the Labrador Metis Nation.

The legal counsel for the class is Steven Cooper of Ahlstrom Wright Oliver & Cooper law firm and Kirk Baert of the law firm Koskie Minsky.

Ches Crosbie of the Queen’s Council (QC) will appear to respond to the appeal.

The press release also states that Cooper is open to any members of the public who wishes to attend, and will be available to answer any questions when the court session is concluded.

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