The Advocacy and public information program was launched in 2007-2008 to ensure all efforts were made to reach former Indian residential school students to inform them of benefits available to them under the Settlement Agreement. A special effort was made to communicate to former students located in remote and isolated communities, those in mental health institutions, and those who are homeless or incarcerated. As well, APIP projects promoted healing and reconciliation by helping Canadians to understand the Settlement Agreement and the impact that the legacy of Indian residential schools has had on Aboriginal communities.
Sinclair, an Ojibwa whose father attended residential school, is chair of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission , a court-ordered group set up to gather the stories of survivors of some 140 native residential schools, spread awareness of their impact and find ways to repair the broken relationship between aboriginals, the government, the churches and other Canadians. The commission was set up as part of a $4 billion class action settlement between former students and churches and Ottawa, and is halfway through its five-year mandate.