A long-awaited program to provide financial compensation to survivors of Canada’s Indian day schools is now open for applications.
Under the terms of the settlement, survivors can apply for individual compensation for harms linked to attending one of the federally run institutions.
Nearly 200,000 Indigenous children attended more than 700 Indian day schools beginning in the 1920s, often enduring trauma that in some cases included physical and sexual abuse.
The Federal Court approved the settlement for survivors of the institutions in August.
The settlement will give eligible individuals between $10,000 and $200,000, as well as support for families and communities through a $200 million legacy fund.
The Indian day schools operated separately from the residential-school system and were not included in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement approved in 2006.
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