November 24, 2005

Indigenous Canadians taken from families awarded compensation


Reporter: David Mark
TONY EASTLEY: The Canadian Government has announced a $2.2 billion compensation package for children who were taken from their families and educated in church run schools.

Around 90,000 people will be eligible for the compensation, receiving a minimum of $11,500 plus an extra $3,000 for every year they spent in the residential schools.

Many who claim they suffered psychological and sexual abuse at the schools will receive much larger packages.

The package is being hailed by Canada's Indigenous community for bringing comfort and a sense of victory for the survivors of the residential schools, most of which were shut down by the mid 1970's.

Posted by kshaw at November 24, 2005 08:20 AM