July 7, 2014 12:05 pm

N.S. Home for Colored Children survivors celebrate settlement with tears, applause

HALIFAX – A judge has approved a $29-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by alleged abuse survivors of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.

Justice Arthur LeBlanc of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia signed off on the agreement Monday between former residents of the orphanage and the provincial government, closing nearly 15 years of litigation.

The announcement brought tears, applause and embraces from former residents and supporters inside court.

Former residents allege they suffered physical, psychological and sexual abuse while living in the Halifax-area orphanage.

An advertising campaign is planned across Canada to inform former residents of the settlement and encourage eligible claimants to come forward.

Those who allege they were abused have until Aug. 18 to opt out of the proposed settlement.

The Home for Colored Children opened in 1921 and operated for nearly seven decades.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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