Nanaimo Cowichan MP Jean Crowder wants the federal government to extend the deadline for people who experienced abuse in residential schools to file for compensation.
The deadline to file the claims passed on Wednesday. Crowder accuses Ottawa of putting up roadblocks to halt applicants' claims from proceeding.
Grace Elliott Nielsen, executive director of the Snuneymuxw's Tillicum Lelum, said the group had an employee dedicated to helping victims of residential school abuse until two years ago.
"We had our funding cut and then had to let him go. And then the rest of our staff were swamped with people needing help with their claims and we don't have the resources or expertise to help them."
Crowder, the Opposition's aboriginal affairs critic, said Tillicum Lelum's experience was repeated among First Nations across the country.
Victims of residential school abuse who do not have their claims in can still individually apply to the courts to seek an extension. However, Crowder said it would make much more sense if First Nations, the provincial and federal governments could come together to seek an extension from the courts.
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