IRS Education Credit Presentation February 2014

Prepared by: Terry-Lynn McNab Feb 12 2014
Opening Prayer, Elder
Opening Remarks
Presentation, Ed Bitternose
Question and Answer Session
Closing Remarks
What is the Indian Residential School Settlement
IRS Settlement Agreement implementation began on
Sept. 19, 2007 following negotiations and
consensus from legal counsel for former students, the
churches, AFN and the Government
Goal to achieve fair and lasting resolution of the
legacy of IRS so formers students can benefit from
the individual and collective measures
What is the Indian Residential School Settlement
The Settlement Agreement includes five different elements to address
the legacy of Indian Residential Schools:
 A Common Experience Payment (CEP) for all eligible former students
of Indian Residential Schools;
An Independent Assessment Process (IAP) for claims of sexual or
serious physical abuse;
Measures to support healing
Commemorative activities; and,
The establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
What is the Indian Residential School Settlement
IRS Settlement Agreement purpose:
 Bring closure to the legacy of Indian residential
schools lies at the heart of reconciliation
 A renewal of the relationships between Aboriginal
people who attended these schools, their families
and communities, and all Canadians.
Common Experience Payment
Paid to all eligible former students who resided at a
recognized Indian Residential School
The deadline for applying for the CEP was September
19, 2011. A number of applications for the CEP are still
under review
According to the Settlement Agreement, Canada is the
trustee for the $1.9 billion set aside for the CEP and
accountable to the parties of the Settlement Agreement
and to the courts.
Common Experience Payment
After the CEP application deadline has passed, an
audit will be conducted to determine if there are
excess funds
If more than $40 million remains in the Trust Fund,
the funds are to be made available to CEP
Each eligible person may receive a maximum of
$3,000 - funds will be distributed in the form of
“Personal Credits”.
Personal Credit
Personal Credits are credits that can be redeemed
for education services for an individual or group
They have no cash value and can only be redeemed
at designated educational institutions
Provision of the IRS Settlement Agreement
Personal Credits
Personal Credits can be:
a) Redeemed by an individual
b) Transferred to a family member; or
c) Pooled together with other peoples’
Personal Credits and redeemed at one
educational institution for group education
Personal Credit
The credit can be applied toward costs such as
tuition and services
The credits can also be used for community-based
organizations and centres that provide cultural,
language and history programs.
Personal Credit
The credit can be shared; applicants may choose to
use the credit partially and transfer the remainder
or the entire credit to a maximum of two family
Applicants can also decide to pool their credits with
other applicants to pay for a group educational or
cultural service
Personal Credit
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 (AFN)
and the Inuvialuit Education Foundation to be used for
educational programs.
Personal Credit
Important Deadlines
 Deadline to submit your Personal Credits
Acknowledgement Form: postmarked by October
31, 2014.
 Deadline for Education Entity or Group to submit
Personal Credits Redemption Form: postmarked
by December 1, 2014.
 All inactive files will be closed on December 1,
Applying for Personal Credits
In January 2014, a Personal Credits Acknowledgement
Form will be mailed to each CEP Recipient who has
received a CEP payment. The Acknowledgment Form must
be completed and returned to the Personal Credits
Administrator postmarked no later than October 31,
If you have not received your Acknowledgement Form
by February 1st, 2014, please call the Personal Credits
Help Desk at 1-866-343-1858 or 1-877-627-7027 (TTY).
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