Thursday, September 20, 2007

Implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

The federal government announced this week the implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

Former students who were subjected to abuse in Indian Residential Schools will be able to submit applications for compensation until September 2011. Aboriginal children were often grabbed away from their families to be shipped off to the boarding schools that tried to assimilate them.

There are an estimated 80,000 Canadian native people living today who are affected by the compensation deal. Many suffered physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse at the hands of teachers and supervisors.

The government released a backgrounder to clarify which applications would be accepted at this point. The Common Experience Payment page on the Service Canada website has more information.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website has created a timeline on the residential school issue.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 12:12 pm


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