EDPS 360 (A2) Fall 2013

Residential school abuse-claim documents should be destroyed, adjudicator argues

In Residential Schools on June 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm

EDMONTON – Evidence given by residential school abuse survivors in closed-door hearings should never see the light of day, the lawyer in charge of abuse settlement process says.

Dan Shapiro, chief adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process, says Canada will be courting a potential “privacy disaster” if it doesn’t destroy the 800,000 audio recordings, transcripts and other documents associated with 38,000 claims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and other heinous acts.

Read the full article here: Residential school abuse-claim documents should be destroyed, adjudicator argues.


  1. The idea of destroying the evidence seems absolutely appalling to me, sending all of the evidence back into hiding, now that a lot of the witnesses and perpetrators have moved on to the next level.

  2. I believe in information, especially when it’s painful. Hidden information has worse consequences than information that’s available to those who have a need to know.

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