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Ottawa reaches settlement in ‘day scholars’ class action, offers $10K to survivors

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WATCH: Day scholars, Indigenous children who returned home to their families after attending classes at Canada's residential schools, have finally reached a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government. The legal battle began in 2009, when day scholars were left out of federal compensation provided to other residential school survivors. As David Akin explains, descendants of day scholars are also being compensated – Jun 9, 2021

A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government involving hundreds of First Nations people left out of residential-school compensation.

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

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Settlement reached in residential school day scholars class-action lawsuit – Jun 9, 2021

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Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the settlement will see survivors receive compensation of $10,000 each.

To address additional harms suffered by the students at the school, Ottawa will also invest $50 million into a Day Scholars Revitalization Fund.

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Two survivors of the schools, Charlotte Gilbert and Diena Jules, say they are heartened to finally be recognized for the pain and horrors they endured at the schools after fighting for 14 years to receive compensation.

Jules, who attended the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia, says she was treated as less than human, and says it was not acceptable they were not included as part of the 2006 Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, which compensated students who did not go home at night.

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Hundreds gather in Victoria to show support for Kamloops First Nation – Jun 8, 2021

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