After Fontaine`s public statement and the resistance and events around Oka in 1990, the Canadian government partially responded by initiating the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Persons. The Commission was established in 1991 and has consulted with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and individuals across Canada. An important finding from the Royal Commission has focused on the history of residential schools in Canada. In 1998, the Canadian government responded to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples by creating the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. The Healing Foundation has made community- and survivor-based healing projects available across Canada and has built a foundation for healing assistance and research based on community needs and the legacies of residential schools. Dan Ish, after leaving his position as Chief Warrant Officer of the IAP, described challenges with private lawyers who allegedly illegally benefited from IRSSA benefits. They examined Winnipeg lawyer Howard Tennenhouse, Calgary lawyer David Blott, Vancouver lawyer Stephen Bronstein, and many other lawyers. Ish “personally reported Tennenhouse to the Manitoba Law Society, which eventually excluded the experienced lawyer and reimbursed nearly $1 million to clients. A Vancouver judge barred Blott and others with whom he worked from other PPI work after complainants complained that loans, fees, penalties and interest were being unfairly charged by the PPI. And it wasn`t until last month that the IRSAS called for an investigation into Bronstein, but it decided to “review” his practice and establish a supposed link with a murderer looking for an IAP killer.
In 2012, the Manitoba Justice Society locked Tennenhouse up for life. He pleaded guilty and agreed to reimburse the “$950,000 in additional fees” he charged to 55 former students of the students in the accommodation.   In 2014, when the Alberta Law Society accused Calgary lawyer David Blott of “misbehaviour in dealing with comparisons to survivors of residential school abuse,” Blott resigned.  The investigation into Blott`s complaint cost the taxpayer $3.5 million.  Ivon Johnny, a convicted murderer, was released from parole in January 2013 after “charges he threatened and extorted… large sums of money from vulnerable applicants and, in some cases, cognitive defects [IRSSA]. In February 2013, “B.C Supreme Justice ordered Brenda Brown to have Bronstein interviewed by a court investigator about her alleged dealings with Johnny.”  Did you know? Historica Canada has compiled a map (see below) of all residential schools in Canada based on data from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. As part of a larger Historica Canada project, the Residential Schools Awareness Program, the map contains the location, name, religious denomination, opening and closing dates, and all other names under which schools were known. The Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada was established in 2001 to manage and resolve the large number of abuse lawsuits filed by former students against the federal government, also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) was approved in May 2006.