November 23, 2005

Ottawa to unveil $4B for native school abuse


Canadian Press

OTTAWA The federal government is set to compensate thousands of people who suffered abuse and cultural isolation in native residential schools.

Sources say the price tag could top $4 billion for a deal that would see Ottawa offer lump-sum payments to about 86,000 surviving students or descendants of those who have died.

Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan is expected to join native leaders for a news conference today.

It's the latest in a whopping list of Liberal funding announcements as MPs prepare to hit the election campaign trail next week.

And it's in addition to at least $4 billion to be committed to fight aboriginal poverty when the prime minister attends a first ministers summit later this week in Kelowna, B.C.

Posted by kshaw at November 23, 2005 07:50 AM