The federal government has reached a proposed settlement with former Indian Day Faculties college students that might compensate every survivor $10,000, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett introduced Tuesday.
Those that skilled bodily and sexual abuse on the colleges are additionally eligible for extra compensation of between $50,000 and $200,000 primarily based on severity.
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Bennett known as the proposed settlement a historic step ahead, including Canada is dedicated to righting historic wrongs within the spirit of reconciliation.
“This settlement will deliver us one step nearer to an enduring and significant decision for survivors … of this darkish and tragic chapter in Canada’s historical past,” Bennett mentioned.
The proposed settlement follows discussions between the federal government and events in a category motion lawsuit initially filed in 2009 on behalf of Indigenous folks and their households who attended Indian Day Faculties.
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The lead plaintiff within the case, Garry McLean, died of most cancers about one month in the past.
“We’re all so unhappy that he didn’t dwell to see this present day,” Bennett mentioned, acknowledging that his “braveness” and “advocacy” paved the way in which for the settlement.
Practically 200,000 Indigenous kids attended greater than 700 federally operated Indian Day Faculties starting within the 1920s, the place many endured trauma, together with, in some circumstances, bodily and sexual abuse.
Indian Day Faculties operated individually from the Indian Residential Faculties system and weren’t included within the Indian Residential Faculties Settlement Settlement accredited in 2006.
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Many Canadians are conscious of the tragic legacy of Indian Residential Faculties, Bennett mentioned, however many nonetheless have no idea the historical past of the Indian Day Faculties.
“Though kids who attended Indian Day Faculties did depart college on the finish of the day, many college students skilled trauma and had been topic to bodily and sexual abuse by the hands of people who had been entrusted with their care,” Bennett mentioned.
“Resulting from authorities insurance policies, kids had been denied the chance to talk their language and had been pressured to desert their tradition.”
Harms proceed to be handed down via generations of Indigenous households and communities, she mentioned.
The courtroom will take into account feedback made by the members of the category motion, submissions made by their authorized counsel and the federal government to find out whether or not the settlement is truthful, cheap and in the very best curiosity of the category members, Bennett mentioned.
“It’s my honest hope that this would be the begin of a profitable therapeutic course of for all of these concerned,” she mentioned.