The law firm Regina, Saskatchewan Lawyer, Tony Merchant, Q.C. — Merchant Law Group LLP — represented more than 7,000 survivors — about 50 per cent of known residential school survivors in Canada who were pursuing class actions against the Canadian federal government.  Following the publication of the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples report, survivors of residential schools gathered across the country for meetings attended by Tony Merchant, who became a “familiar figure” and welcomed thousands of survivors for collective action.  MLG`s lawyers received “nothing until a class action was concluded” in a judicial agreement that was motivated by the liquidation.  David Blott`s law firm in Calgary, Alberta, “processed nearly 4,600 residential school applications.”  While the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) distributed large sums of money as compensation and helped residential school survivors recover, the system is also open to abuse. For example, some former students who sought additional compensation through the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) were victims of unethical private lawyers who charged their clients a high fee in addition to the 15 per cent they received from the Canadian government. While the comparison stated that lawyers could calculate their clients by up to 15 per cent for difficult cases, many lawyers regularly calculated this percentage, while others charged inappropriate interest, fees and penalties. Chief Warrant Officer Dan Ish has opened an investigation into several private lawyers involved in the IAP, which has led in particular to a clearance and exclusion from the IRRSA. Dissatisfied with the Canadian government`s inability to deliver on its promises to address the effects of residential schools, AFN launched the largest class action in Canadian history. The group action resulted in the Independent Assessment Agreement (IAP), which included an initial fund of more than $1.9 billion, and the creation of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which was to provide individual compensation for survivors.
The TRC presented its results in June 2015 in a series of reports, the full final version of which was published in December 2015. The final report Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future documented the tragic experiences of the approximately 150,000 survivors of Canada`s residential school. In January 2015, the Office of the Attorney General of Canada filed an action before the Court of Queen`s Bench for Saskatchewan in Regina, Saskatchewan, on behalf of the Canadian federal government, against Tony Merchant`s Regina, Merchant`s Merchant Law Group.