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The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement stipulates that once all Common Experience Payments (CEP) have been made, if more than $40 million remains in the Trust Fund, the funds are to be made available to CEP Recipients, upon application, in the form of non-cash Personal Credits of up to $3,000 each for educational purposes.


  • CEP Recipients will be able to choose to transfer their Personal Credits to certain Family Members as defined in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the Terms and Conditions;

  • Terms and Conditions for Personal Credits have been developed by Canada and the Assembly of First Nations and by Canada and Inuit Representatives to determine which Education Entities and Groups and which Educational Programs and Services are eligible;

  • Once the Personal Credits have been distributed, any amount remaining in the Trust Fund on January 1, 2015 is to be paid to the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund and the Inuvialuit Education Foundation to be used for educational programs.



Important Deadlines


On November 17, 2014, the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued an Interim Consent Order. The interim order indicates that Crawford Class Actions Services, acting as Agent for Canada, shall continue to receive and process applications for Personal Credits in accordance with the terms and conditions for Personal Credits previously approved by the Court on October 31, 2013, pending any further direction from the Court. This means that until a final decision is made, eligible Common Experience Payment recipients and their family members may continue to submit applications for Personal Credits.

On December 17, 2014, the Supreme Court of British Columbia approved an extension to the deadlines for Personal Credits. The new deadlines will be determined based on when the official Court order is completed. Acknowledgment Forms will be due two months following the date of the Court order, while Redemption Forms will be due five months from that same date. The deadline to complete courses will also be extended to August 31, 2015. Further communications will take place once the new deadlines have been confirmed by the Court.



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