November 24, 2005

Natives leery of compensation

Edmonton Sun


Former students of notoriously abusive residential schools for aboriginal children are leery of Paul Martin's $4-billion compensation promise, and wonder if it's just pre-election posturing.

And they worry the federal package might overshadow the other guilty parties in this whole ordeal - the churches who ran the schools.

The package is expected to provide any child who attended a residential school - whether or not they were the victim of sexual or physical abuse - with $10,000 for their first year at the school, and $3,000 for every year after that.

"No amount of money can bring back what was taken from us," said Mel Buffalo, head of the Indian Association of Alberta.

Posted by kshaw at November 24, 2005 08:18 AM