The Trudeau government’s reached an agreement in principle worth $800-million with survivors of the 60s Scoop.
In making the announcement, Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said this will ”begin to right the wrongs” caused by forcibly removing Indigenous children from their birth families.
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”They have lived their lives not being able to be proud Indigenous people. They have lived their lives not having secure personal cultural identity. That was robbed away.”
Bennett says a final agreement still needs to be reached but that the government has set aside $750-million for individual compensation.
Another $50-million will go toward a foundation dedicated to reconciliation initiatives.
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The settlement aims to resolve 18 lawsuits.
The only one certified as a class action was filed in Ontario by Marcia Brown Martel, a member of the Temagami First Nation, who hopes this means the mistakes of the past will not be repeated.