Residential school students say they’ve been hurt by law firm

They’re in a complicated bureaucratic process because they were victimized at residential schools. But they’re not pleased with the law firm that signed them up as clients.

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By Paul Barnsley and Kathleen Martens
APTN National News
CALGARY–
They’re in a complicated bureaucratic process because they were victimized at residential schools. But they’re not pleased with the law firm that signed them up as clients.

A judge ordered an investigation on Nov. 10 into how Calgary law firm Blott and Company dealt with their residential school clients after those clients filed complaints with the people who are responsible for overseeing the Independent Assessment Process.

But APTN Investigates had been looking into those complaints for months before that happened.

We broadcast the results of our investigation on November 28. Here now is the rest of what we found.

The court-ordered investigation is now in progress. No conclusions have yet been reached.

APTN Investigates has been looking into this complicated situation since May. We’ve talked to dozens of people: many former students, front line workers, lawyers, bureaucrats.

The following links will take you to the results of our investigation:

1 Recent Developments

2 The IAP Process

3 Court Supervised

4 Form Fillers

5 Honour Walk, Ltd.

6 Assignments

7 Warning from Chief Adjudicator

8 Kelly Busch

9 The Loans

10 Slow Response

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.