OTTAWA -- Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says she will look into the cases of some residential school students who were disqualified for compensation by a technicality.

The minister's move comes after the federal government came under fire for its decision in the Commons.

The issue centres on an administrative split created when the federal government took over the operation of some residential schools and left other institutions in the control of religious leaders.

It is estimated about 1,000 students who attended the federally operated institutions were found ineligible for compensation because of the split.

Bennett says she has asked her department to take a serious look at the issue.

NDP indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus says the government should just pay compensation, calling the technicality a travesty conjured up in the Justice Department.