- This week, the Canadian government announced that it would set aside billions of dollars to compensate Indigenous people harmed as children in the country’s residential schools.
- Unfortunately, the United States has made no similar financial plans.
The money, which amounts to approximately $31 billion, is also intended to reform Canada’s child welfare system. It was reached after weeks of talks between the Canadian government, the Assembly of First Nations, and others.
At a press conference on Monday, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller stated that the cost is high because the government failed to act despite knowing about the problems for decades.
“This is the cost of failure after 30 years, and it’s a high cost,” he said. In addition, formal agreements and judicial approval are still required for the compensation plan.
It comes after the Assembly of First Nations filed two class-action lawsuits in March 2019 and January 2020 to seek compensation for harms inflicted on Indigenous people.
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Source: KUNC News
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