On January 20, 2014 the Government of Canada announced that eligible former Indian Residential Schools (IRS) students who qualified for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) under the IRS Settlement Agreement may now qualify for a one time IRS Personal Credit (no cash value) for educational programs and services.  You may see advertisements on TV, radio or newspapers in the coming weeks.

The organization appointed to handle the IRS Personal Credits process is Crawford Class Action Services.  Eligible IRS students will receive a Personal Credits Acknowledgement Form in the mail from Crawford Class Action Services.  All forms must be completed and returned postmarked no later than October 31, 2014.  All instructions to complete the Personal Credits Acknowledgement Form are included in the mailed package to eligible claimants.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is not overseeing this process but can provide assistance to complete forms if required.  The AFN has four Liaison Coordinators available for community presentations as well.  Please call the AFN at 1-866-869-6789 if you require assistance or a presentation on IRS Personal Credits.

More information is available at:
or by calling 1-866-343-1858

Personal Credits

On December 17, 2014 the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled to extend the deadlines for Indian residential schools personal education credits.  On January 8, 2015 new deadline dates were directed by the court as follows:

  • Acknowledgement Forms – NEW Deadline March 9, 2015
    Crawford Class Action Services will continue to receive and process acknowledgement forms until March 9, 2015.
  • Redemption Forms – NEW Deadline June 8, 2015
    Crawford Class Action Services will continue to receive and process acknowledgement forms until June 8, 2015.
  • Payments Finalized – NEW Deadline August 7, 2015
    Crawford Class Action Services will finalize payments to education entities in exchange for successful personal credits applications by August 7, 2015.
  • All education programs and services must be concluded by August 31, 2015.


The AFN pressed for a deadline extension in response to the serious administrative concerns expressed by survivors and family members across the country and continues to push for existing administrative concerns to be addressed quickly so that former students of residential schools can more easily access the program. 

The personal education credit is the final phase of compensation to Indian residential school survivors as set out in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) of 2007.  It provides a one-time value of up to $3,000 to former residential school students who have received the Common Experience Payment to be used for personal or group education programs and services provided by approved educational entities and groups.  The process to access personal credits was announced in January 2014 and is being administered by Crawford Class Action Services. 

As of January 8, 2015 approximately 24,500 of approximately 79,000 eligible Common Experience Payment recipients had submitted applications.

AFN Liaison Coordinators, who have been in every region since February 2014 offering information to former students interested in learning more about the program and advising on applications, will continue to offer assistance to former students and their families.  If you require assistance please contact AFN or see resources, links and instructional videos available at or directly at

For direct information from the program administrator please contact Crawford Class Action Services at 1-866-343-1858 or at

Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Personal Credits for Education

In this excerpt from “Moment of Reckoning – Turning the Page on Dark Chapter of Our Shared History”, former Indian residential school student Martha Marsden discusses her plans to use personal credits for education currently being offered to Common Experience Payment recipients as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (2007), while First Nation leaders and others discuss the impacts of broader reconciliation efforts in Canada. 

Moment of Reckoning - Turning the Page on a Dark Chapter of Our Shared History

The Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (2007) set out a number of initiatives and activities aimed at reconciliation between First Nations and Canadians.  Former National Chiefs Phil Fontaine and Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, former residential school student Martha Marsden and others discuss their personal experiences with Indian residential schools and some of the specific and broad steps toward reconciliation in this short film documentary by Matt LeMay and AFN.



Personal Credits Overview
AFN How Can We Help
Personal Credits Consent to Communicate Form
Personal Credits Overview ppt

Fact Sheet - Personal Credits for Education
Webinar - Personal Credits Overview


How to fill out the Acknowledgement Form ppt
SAMPLE - Personal Credits Acknowledgement Form
Webinar - Acknowledgement Form Process


How to fill out the Redemption Form for Cultural ppt
How to fill out the Redemption Form for Education ppt
SAMPLE - Personal Credits Group Redemption Form
SAMPLE Budget Template - Group Education Services
SAMPLE Invoice - Personal Credits
Webinar: Redemption Form - Group Services
Webinar: Redemption Form - Education Entities


Background Information on Personal Credits
AFN Welcomes Court Decision to Extend Deadline for Indian Residential Schools Personal Credits for Education Program
AFN Welcomes BC Supreme Court Order on Personal Credits for Education
ORIGINAL: Personal Credits Notice
ORIGINAL: Information Notice to Education Entities and Groups
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