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Ottawa poised to compensate Indigenous survivors of physical, sexual abuse at 700 day schools – The Globe and Mail

December 5, 2018

Canada is taking another step to acknowledge the centuries of harm done to Indigenous people by agreeing to compensate those who were abused as children while attending one of roughly 700 government-funded day schools.

The agreement has yet to be ratified and more details, including the range of compensation that will be awarded, will be made public early in the new year. But it is estimated that there are between 120,000 and 140,000 former students of the day schools who are still alive, and the federal government has not set a limit on the total amount it will pay out.

As with residential schools, Indigenous parents were forced to send their children to the day schools which operated across the country starting in 1920, and were legislated under the Indian Act. Those who refused were penalized.

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