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Native Abuse Victims to Get $2B

Author: Sean Gordon
Source: Toronto Star (Link)
Date: 24 November 2005
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Document Type: Press
Donor: Canada Event Date: ca. 1857-1996
Recipient: Native Canadians Reparation Date: 23 November 2005

In 1857, the Canadian Parliament passed the Gradual Civilization Act, which made provisions for what were known as "residential schools," with the purpose of assimilating Aboriginal children into mainstream white Canadian society, or "[taking] the Indian out of the Queen's Red Children [sic]," as the Act described. Children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in residential schools, the last of which closed in 1996, with the ultimate goal of distancing them from their Aboriginal families and integrating them into Canadian society. This was accomplished, among other methods, by preventing them access to their families for many years and by prohibiting the use of Aboriginal languages or the practice of non-Christian religions.


Financial compensation of $2 billion for victims of abuse.   


The Canadian government has announced a compensation package of $2 billion for Aborigines who were abused in the residential school program.  Approximately 80,000 survivors will be eligible to receive a $10,000 lump sum payment, plus $3,000 for every year they spent in a residential institution.


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