WHEREAS the Government of Canada, in its 1998 Statement of Reconciliation, acknowledged that the residential school system has it "left legacies of personal pain and distress that continue to reverberate in Aboriginal communities to this day";
WHEREAS it is in the interest of all Canadians to develop a just and expeditious national solution for resolving the claims of survivors of the residential school system;
WHEREAS initiatives by interested parties have been unsuccessful to date in developing a national resolution of survivors' claims;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Bar Association urge the Government of Canada and all other interested parties to embark immediately on discussions with the goal of developing a national resolution of the residential school claims.
Certified true copy of a resolution carried by the Council of the Canadian Bar Association at the Annual Meeting held in London ON, August 10-11, 2002.
John D.V. Hoyles
Executive Director/Directeur exécutif