Church, federal government to meet natives' lawyers. (News).
"At this point, we don't know if there will be a trial," says Rev. Stephen Kendall, principal clerk of the church's General Assembly. "Hopefully there won't be." Mr. Kendall will attend the pretrial conference on behalf of the church and report to the assembly council in November.
In a case involving the Roman Catholic Church, 28 former students of Grollier Hall Residential School in Inuvik, N.W.T., were the first to sign out-of-court settlements this summer under the federal government's pilot project for alternative dispute resolution in residential school cases. The pilot project, which took three-and-a-half years to complete, involved the former students, the federal government, the government of the Northwest Territories and the Roman Catholic Diocese of the MacKenzie.
In August, Liberal House leader Ralph Goodale assumed responsibility for the residential schools file, a position previously held by Deputy Prime Minister John Manley.
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