May 11, 2006

Canada agrees native abuse deal

The Journal of Turkish Weekly

Canada has approved a C$1.9bn ($1.7bn; 925m) deal to compensate ex-pupils of indigenous schools, physically and sexually abused from the 1930s-1970s.

The schools attempted to erase the students' native culture.

The lump sum payment is designed to release the Canadian government and the churches that ran the schools from future liability.

About 78,000 people are eligible for compensation. The payments still have to be approved by provincial courts.

Addressing the Canadian parliament in Ottawa, the Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice said that the government recognises the sad legacy of the schools.

Posted by kshaw at May 11, 2006 07:04 AM