November 09, 2005

Federal government, churches liable in residential school abuse: top court

The First Perspective

By John Ward

OTTAWA (CP) - The Supreme Court of Canada laid out what may be far-reaching legal parameters Friday in a case about abuse in a church-run residential school for native children.

In doing so, however, it demolished the appeal brought by a survivor of abusive conditions in the school and sparked disappointment among some.

Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan called it “a very important decision.”

“I think this is a very positive step and probably establishes some pretty important principles that apply well beyond residential schools,” she said.

In a unanimous, 9-0 decision the high court overturned a B.C. Court of Appeal finding that the United Church, which ran the school, has immunity against liability.

Posted by kshaw at November 9, 2005 08:36 AM