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Canada to Pay $3 Billion to Settle Lawsuit over Residential School Abuses

HeadlineJan 23, 2023

Canada has agreed to pay nearly $3 billion as part of a class-action lawsuit for the cultural genocide of Indigenous communities in the Canadian government-funded residential school system. Around 150,000 children from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities were forced to leave their families for the boarding schools from the 19th century until the 1970s. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse were rife at the schools, and children were deprived of their Native languages and culture. If the settlement is approved, the funds will go toward supporting Indigenous communities over the next 20 years.

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