Judge to federal government: Turn over Indian residential schools files

The Canadian Press
Associated Press

TORONTO - An Ontario judge has ruled the federal government should give its files on Indian residential schools to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The judge says the feds have an obligation to do so under the agreement that established the commission.

The federal government had argued it was only obliged to provide access to its archives.

The commission insisted Ottawa was obliged to provide all documents relevant to the residential school system.

Justice Stephen Goudge today agreed with the commission, saying the language in the original agreement was "straightforward."

Goudge also dismissed the government's arguments that the commission had no standing to bring the case to court.