Settlement reached on residential school day scholars class-action lawsuit

A settlement was reached in a class action lawsuit against the federal government that involved hundreds of people who did not receive compensation for boarding schools.

The lawsuit was brought by Indigenous students known as “day scholars” who attended the infamous residential schools but returned to their homes at night.

Minister for Relations between the Crown and Indigenous People, Carolyn Bennett, said the settlement will receive compensation of $ 10,000 each for survivors.

To repair additional student damage at the school, Ottawa will also invest $ 50 million in a Day Scholars Revitalization Fund.

Two school survivors, Charlotte Gilbert and Diena Jules, said they were encouraged to finally be recognized for the pain and horror they suffered in the schools after fighting for compensation for 14 years.

Jules, who attended the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia, said she was being treated as less than human and said it was unacceptable that they were not included in the 2006 Indian Residential School settlement agreement that compensated students who did not went home at night.

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