WINNIPEG – The vast majority of claims filed by Indian residential school survivors seeking extra compensation for medical injuries are for hearing loss, respiratory illnesses and broken bones.
The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat – an independent body which helps resolve long-standing claims that address specific abuse of survivors – says just over 1,000 medical assessments completed so far focus primarily on ear, nose and throat ailments, as well as broken bones.
A request for proposals put out by the secretariat says 60 per cent of the assessments involve the ears, nose and throat, while 21 per cent involve orthopedics. Secretariat spokesman Michael Tansey confirmed the figures, but said no one could comment further on the nature of the claims.
Marie Wilson, commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said lasting injuries are not surprising, given the way residential school students were treated.
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“We have had many, many people talk to us about the physicality of the punishment which often was a cuff on the ear or being pulled by the ear or being dragged across the room by the ear,” she said in an interview.
“People talked to us about hearing loss that came …read more
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