April 22, 2006

Deal close on residential schools, Indian Affairs minister says


Last Updated Apr 21 2006 06:14 PM CDT
CBC News
A final deal on a compensation package for residential school survivors is only days away, Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jim Prentice said Friday.

It was last year when Ottawa and First Nations organizations settled on a $1.9-billion compensation package for as many as 86,000 aboriginal people who attended church-run schools.

Prentice made his comments in Whitehorse on the last day of a week-long tour of the three northern territories.

Earlier this week, lobbyists and lawyers for the survivors said they had heard a final package may not be ready until next year.

Posted by kshaw at April 22, 2006 06:53 AM