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Entertainment Canada: The state will pay billions of indigenous children torn to their family

16:35  05 january  2022
16:35  05 january  2022 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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the agreement in principle, which will be finalized in the coming months, aims to end years of litigation.

  Canada : l'Etat va verser des milliards d'indemnisations aux enfants autochtones arrachés à leur famille © Provided by FranceInfo

This is the "largest compensation agreement in the history of Canada," welcomed the government. Ottawa announced, Tuesday, January 4th, the conclusion of a $ 40 billion in principle agreement (€ 27.8 billion) to compensate aboriginal children and their family discrimination.

From the end of the 19th century to the 1990s, some 150,000 children of indigenous peoples were forcefully placed in pensionals today closed, where they were cut off from their family, their language and their culture. Thousands never came back. The Catholic Church of Canada presented official apologies for these facts in September.

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The agreement of principle, which will be finalized in the coming months, aims to end years of litigation. Half of this amount will be used to offset Aboriginal children withdrawn from the care of their parents and placed in the child protection system, the other will reform this system for the next five years.

"A turning point in the reconciliation work"

"No compensation can compensate for the trauma that people experienced," observed the Minister of Aboriginal services, Patty Hadju. But the agreement "recognizes for survivors and their family pain and harm caused by discrimination in financing and services".

The exact amount that will be paid to each person, as well as the modalities and timetable, will be determined during consultations between experts and the main Aboriginal organization of the country, the Assembly of First Nations, explained complainants' lawyers in two business.

"This agreement is historic and we hope that it will mark a turning point in the reconciliation work of this country," observed one of those lawyers. According to him, his amount "emphasizes the severity of the damage suffered and will provide financial support to enable victims to improve their lives from the front".

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