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Canada announces Indian Day Schools settlementPublication: APTN News -
Victims and survivors of Indian day schools will receive compensation from the Canadian government for the abuses and harms perpetrated against them.
On Tuesday Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Canada would settle out of court with litigants and members of a $15 billion class-action lawsuit initiated in 2009.
Indian Day Schools settlement hearing wrapping up in WinnipegPublication: Radio Canada International -
A three-day hearing into a proposed settlement for survivors of Indian Day Schools was scheduled to wrap up Wednesday in Winnipeg.
Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan is deciding whether to approve the settlement for a nation-wide class action lawsuit to compensate survivors for harms they suffered while attending the schools
About 200,000 Indigenous children attended the federally-funded schools across Canada, beginning in the 1920s.
Proposed Indian day school settlement to leave out lawyer who filed lawsuitPublication: CBC News -
First Nations lawyers who object to the proposed federal Indian day school settlement held a rally Wednesday outside the Winnipeg courthouse where the third and final day of settlement approval hearings was underway.
"It is a big fight and there are many people objecting because they want [the settlement] improved," said Joan Jack
Day school survivors deserve more than $10,000, judge hearsPublication: APTN News -
Nearly 30 people said the Indian day school settlement agreement needs changing Tuesday, starting with paying former students more money.
“I object to $10,000,” said former student Clarence Sumner of Pinaymootang First Nation in Manitoba.
“That’s a slap in the face.”
Why the former chair of the TRC is worried about the Indian day school settlementPublication: cbc radio -
The former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says he is concerned that Indian day school survivors are doing "all of the work themselves" to seek compensation for the alleged abuse they suffered.
"They have to find the documents; they have to prove they went to the school; they have to match the records that the department provides to the law firm, I assume to justify that they in fact are the same person whose name might be spelled four or five different ways according to school records, and who may not have had an English name," Sen. Murray Sinclair told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.
Opponents of Indian day schools settlement have their say in courtPublication: CBC News -
Growing up in the western Saskatchewan Cree community of Onion Lake, Beatrice Macdonald endured 11 years in the federal and provincial institutions known as Indian day schools.
She says she's still dealing with the trauma.
"We were not allowed to speak our Cree language in the school. We were made to do stuff we were not supposed to be doing at that age," Macdonald said Tuesday in Winnipeg, outside a federal courtroom where hearings are being held this week into a proposed settlement for day school survivors.
Just get it done: Indian day school survivors divided over proposed settlementPublication: CBC News -
For more than a decade, Ray Mason has been fighting for compensation for the time he and thousands of other Indigenous people were forced to attend federally operated Indian day schools.
He hopes that battle will soon be over.
Mason, 72, hopes a proposed settlement agreement announced in March will be approved by a federal court in Winnipeg this week. With an estimated 2,000 survivors dying every year, time is of the essence.
Watch Live: Winnipeg court to hear Indian day school settlement casePublication: APTN News -
It’s the first day of a hearing to settle the Indian day school class-action lawsuit.
The matter will be heard in federal court in Winnipeg.
A judge will listen to three days of arguments, a schedule shows.
Day school survivors urge judge to accept settlementPublication: APTN News -
Three major changes proposed to the Indian day school settlement agreement Monday go a long way towards silencing the critics, says an Indigenous lawyer.
“That’s what I wanted,” Ken Young said as he heard plaintiffs’ lawyer Mary Thomson rhyme off the amendments in Winnipeg’s federal court.
Young was prepared to speak against the multi-billion-dollar agreement Ottawa is offering an estimated 140,000 former Indian day school students.
Council Clarifies Indian Day School DeadlinePublication: Eastern Door -
Today’s May 3 deadline is only for those wanting to forward their support or objection to the claim, and does not effect anyone’s desire to apply for compensation for abuses suffered under any Indian Day School. (Courtesy Mohawk Council of Kahnawake)
“The May 3 deadline (today) relates to whether individuals want to send in a statement of support or objection to the settlement of this Indian Day School issue,” said Diabo. “People are getting the wrong information.”
OPINION: Federal Court Judge tells Canada to walk the walkPublication: Windspeaker -
In a remarkable court judgment recently released, a Federal Court Judge has blasted Canada for its approach to the Day Scholars Class Action.
While the Day Scholars were unsuccessful in their attempt to get a rare and difficult to obtain advanced costs order, Justice Harrington was unsparing in his criticism of Canada’s chosen litigation strategy noting that “the Plaintiffs are dying” and asking rhetorically: “Is it [Canada’s] intention to grind [the Plaintiffs] into poverty and bankruptcy before this matter ever proceeds to trial?”