"The Aboriginal Healing Foundation's Latest Study Looks at the Potential Health and Social Impacts of Indian Residential School Lump Sum Payments : August 20, 2007. Ottawa - The Aboriginal Healing Foundation's latest research study, released today, has been prepared in anticipation of the imminent arrival of the 1.9 billion [dollar] Common Experience Payments, a central component of Canada's Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. Lump Sum Compensation Payments Research Project: The Circle Rechecks Itself assesses the impact of past compensation payments to Aboriginal people. The research consisted of two phases, a first-phase literature review and a second-phase key informant survey. The second phase involved 117 field interviews conducted across western and northwestern Canada.
This study focuses on domestic violence and abuse in Aboriginal communities in Canada. It means to build on studies and intiatives conducted over the past fifteen years by others such as the Ontario Native Women's Association, National Clearing House on Family Violence, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and several others. Contributors argue that despite all the study, there are still gaps between what is occurring in relation to domestic violence and abuse in Aboriginal communities and the capacity of these communities and of the agencies that work with them to systematically and effectively address the problem. They argue that one reason for this gap is the lack of clear understanding of the true nature and complexity of domestic violence and abuse in Aboriginal communities as a social phenomenon.
"The legacy of residential schools has weighed heavily on the lives and wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals and communities for generations. The Settlement Agreement endorsed by Survivors, churches, and the Government of Canada signals a shared commitment to create a more harmonious, mutually respectful future."