OTTAWA: Canada has reached a proposed settlement with a group of indigenous survivors of now-defunct residential schools for the abuse they suffered, ending a 14-year fight, Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said.
The government will provide C$10,000 ($8,259) to each survivor involved in lawsuit. The settlement does not include an explicit admission of wrongdoing by the government. Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the plaintiffs had hoped for an official apology and “while this is not part of a settlement agreement, we will be listening to their concerns, as we work together on this request.”
This comes weeks after bodies of 215 indigenous children were found at ex-residential school.
Flags throughout Canada were put at half-staff and impromptu memorials consisting of children’s moccasins or shoes, often marked with “215,” have sprouted, including one in front of Canada’s Parliament building