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Canada settles residential school reparations class action for $C2.8 billion

Canada Ontario Mohawk Institute childrens shoes

Reuters Canada has reached an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit, seeking compensation for the loss of language and culture brought on by Indian residential schools, for $C2.8 billion.  Children’s shoes are pictured outside the Mohawk Institute, a residential school for indigenous children that operated for 136 years, during the planting of commemorative apple trees […]

After Pope’s apology, Canada’s Indigenous survivors want compensation, records

Vatican Indigenous Canadians

Toronto, Canada Reuters Pope Francis’s long-awaited apology to Canada’s Indigenous community for more than a century of abusive residential schools, many of them run by the Catholic Church, should be followed by millions of dollars in compensation and the release of residential school records, survivors and Indigenous leaders said. Canada’s state-sanctioned schools forcibly separated about […]

Canada’s Indigenous ask Pope for residential schools records

Vatican Indigenous delegates

Vatcan CityReuters Survivors of Canada’s residential schools on Monday asked Pope Francis to guarantee unfettered access to church records on the institutions where Indigenous children were abused and their culture denied. Francis met for about an hour each with representatives of the Métis and Inuit nations, the first of four meetings this week with Canada’s native peoples […]

Canadian Indigenous leaders to meet Pope over school abuse

Vatican Native Canadian Phil Fontaine 2009

Toronto, Canada AP When an Assembly of First Nations delegation traveled to the Vatican in 2009 to meet with then-Pope Benedict XVI, the pontiff told them in a private meeting of his “personal anguish” over abuse suffered by Indigenous children in church-run boarding schools they were forced to attend in Canada. What at the time […]