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Day-school survivors still seeking justice – Winnipeg Free Press

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 202073 Views

OTTAWA — Thousands of Indigenous Manitobans have become eligible for payments to compensate them for abuse they suffered in day schools; while thousands of others have been left out because of a jurisdictional issue.

The federal Liberals settled a class-action lawsuit involving Indian Day Schools last August. As of today, survivors can apply for compensation, but the limited eligibility means a decades-long quest for justice is hardly over.

“We have to start by starting,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told the Free Press.

“We want to do the right thing by everybody who suffered by these terrible government policies.”

An estimated 120,000 to 140,000 people will be eligible for compensation as a result of a push by Manitobans who suffered physical, psychological and sexual abuse.

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