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Day school survivors deserve more than $10,000, judge hears

Publication: APTN News - May  14, 2019
Link http://aptnnews.ca/2019/05/14/day-school-survivors-deserve-more-than-10000-judge-hears/

Nearly 30 people said the Indian day school settlement agreement needs changing Tuesday, starting with paying former students more money.

“I object to $10,000,” said former student Clarence Sumner of Pinaymootang First Nation in Manitoba.

“That’s a slap in the face.”

May  15, 2019

Why the former chair of the TRC is worried about the Indian day school settlement

Publication: cbc radio - May  14, 2019
Link http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-14-2019-1.5134138/why-the-former-chair-of-the-trc-is-worried-about-the-indian-day-school-settlement-1.5134211

The former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says he is concerned that Indian day school survivors are doing "all of the work themselves" to seek compensation for the alleged abuse they suffered.

"They have to find the documents; they have to prove they went to the school; they have to match the records that the department provides to the law firm, I assume to justify that they in fact are the same person whose name might be spelled four or five different ways according to school records, and who may not have had an English name," Sen. Murray Sinclair told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.

May  15, 2019

Opponents of Indian day schools settlement have their say in court

Publication: CBC News - May  14, 2019
Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/indian-day-school-settlement-tuesday-1.5135749

Growing up in the western Saskatchewan Cree community of Onion Lake, Beatrice Macdonald endured 11 years in the federal and provincial institutions known as Indian day schools.

She says she's still dealing with the trauma.

"We were not allowed to speak our Cree language in the school. We were made to do stuff we were not supposed to be doing at that age," Macdonald said Tuesday in Winnipeg, outside a federal courtroom where hearings are being held this week into a proposed settlement for day school survivors. 

May  15, 2019

Just get it done: Indian day school survivors divided over proposed settlement

Publication: CBC News - May  13, 2019
Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/just-get-it-done-indian-day-school-survivors-divided-over-proposed-settlement-1.5132262

For more than a decade, Ray Mason has been fighting for compensation for the time he and thousands of other Indigenous people were forced to attend federally operated Indian day schools.

He hopes that battle will soon be over.

Mason, 72, hopes a proposed settlement agreement announced in March will be approved by a federal court in Winnipeg this week. With an estimated 2,000 survivors dying every year, time is of the essence.

May  14, 2019

Watch Live: Winnipeg court to hear Indian day school settlement case

Publication: APTN News - May  13, 2019
Link http://aptnnews.ca/2019/05/13/watch-live-winnipeg-court-to-hear-indian-day-school-settlement-case/

It’s the first day of a hearing to settle the Indian day school class-action lawsuit.

The matter will be heard in federal court in Winnipeg.

A judge will listen to three days of arguments, a schedule shows.

May  14, 2019

Day school survivors urge judge to accept settlement

Publication: APTN News - May  13, 2019
Link http://aptnnews.ca/2019/05/13/day-school-survivors-urge-judge-to-accept-settlement/

Three major changes proposed to the Indian day school settlement agreement Monday go a long way towards silencing the critics, says an Indigenous lawyer.

“That’s what I wanted,” Ken Young said as he heard plaintiffs’ lawyer Mary Thomson rhyme off the amendments in Winnipeg’s federal court.

Young was prepared to speak against the multi-billion-dollar agreement Ottawa is offering an estimated 140,000 former Indian day school students.

May  14, 2019

Council Clarifies Indian Day School Deadline

Publication: Eastern Door - May  03, 2019
Link http://www.easterndoor.com/2019/05/03/council-clarifies-indian-day-school-deadline/

Today’s May 3 deadline is only for those wanting to forward their support or objection to the claim, and does not effect anyone’s desire to apply for compensation for abuses suffered under any Indian Day School. (Courtesy Mohawk Council of Kahnawake)

“The May 3 deadline (today) relates to whether individuals want to send in a statement of support or objection to the settlement of this Indian Day School issue,” said Diabo. “People are getting the wrong information.”

May  06, 2019

OPINION: Federal Court Judge tells Canada to walk the walk

Publication: Windspeaker - Apr  30, 2019
Link http://windspeaker.com/news/opinion/opinion-federal-court-judge-tells-canada-walk-walk

In a remarkable court judgment recently released, a Federal Court Judge has blasted Canada for its approach to the Day Scholars Class Action. 

While the Day Scholars were unsuccessful in their attempt to get a rare and difficult to obtain advanced costs order, Justice Harrington was unsparing in his criticism of Canada’s chosen litigation strategy noting that “the Plaintiffs are dying” and asking rhetorically: “Is it [Canada’s] intention to grind [the Plaintiffs] into poverty and bankruptcy before this matter ever proceeds to trial?”

May  01, 2019