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World: Canada reaches agreement to compensate indigenous children taken from families

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A student walks past a display at Hillcrest High School on Canada 's first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honouring the lost children and survivors of Indigenous residential schools, their families and communities, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 30, 2021. TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada announced on Tuesday two agreements totalling C billion (.5 billion) to compensate First Nations children who were taken from their families and put into the child welfare system and to reform the system that removed them and deprived them of services they needed.

Canada 's Minister of Crown- Indigenous Relations Marc Miller says work remains to be done on the issue. Canada has announced Cbn (bn; £23.6bn) in compensation for indigenous children and families harmed by the on-reserve child welfare system. It's the largest class-action settlement "The enormity of this settlement is due to one reason and one reason only - that's the scope of the harm that was inflicted on class members as a result of a cruel and discriminatory First Nations family and child welfare system that Canada has now finally taken major steps to overhaul," said David Sterns

Canada announced on Tuesday two agreements totaling $31.5 billion (40 billion Canadian dollars) to compensate First Nations children who were taken from their families and put into the child welfare system and to reform the system that removed them and deprived them of services they needed.

A display at Hillcrest High School on Canada's first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honoring the lost children and survivors of Indigenous residential schools, their families and communities, in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, on September 30, 2021. © BLAIR GABLE/REUTERS A display at Hillcrest High School on Canada's first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honoring the lost children and survivors of Indigenous residential schools, their families and communities, in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, on September 30, 2021.

The agreements include $15.7 billion (20 billion Canadian dollars) for potentially hundreds of thousands of First Nations children who were removed from their families, who did not get services or who experienced delays in receiving services. Another $15.7 billion is to reform the system over the next five years.

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Canada announced on Tuesday two agreements totalling C billion (.5 billion) to compensate First Nations children who were taken from their families and put into the child welfare system and to… The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal repeatedly found child and family services discriminated against First Nations children , in part by under-funding services on reserves so children were removed from their homes and taken off-reserve to get those services. Canada admitted its systems were discriminatory but repeatedly fought orders to pay compensation and fund reforms, including an

Canada has reached an in-principle agreement totalling Cbn (US.bn) to compensate First Nations children who were taken from their families and put into the welfare system, a major step toward reconciliation with the country's Indigenous people. David Sterns, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said: ‘This settlement is the largest class action settlement in Canadian history and it is believed to be one of the largest anywhere in the world.' The agreement includes Cbn for potentially hundreds of thousands of First Nations children who were removed from their families .

The agreements come almost 15 years after the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society brought forward a human rights complaint.

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal repeatedly found child and family services discriminated against First Nations children, in part by under-funding services on reserves. Children were then removed from their homes and taken off-reserve to get those services.

Canada admitted its systems were discriminatory but repeatedly fought orders to pay compensation and fund reforms, including an appeal it filed last year.


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Canada is also fighting a class-action lawsuit on behalf of First Nations children that the compensation agreement seeks to resolve.

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A Cbn agreement -in-principle has been reached in Canada to reform the child welfare system for First Nations people and compensate more than 200,000 individuals and families who suffered because of it. First Nations people who experienced delays or denials of medical care and social services between 1991 and 2017 will also receive compensation . “For too long, the Government of Canada did not adequately fund or support the wellness of First Nations families and children ,” said Patty Hajdu, minister of Indigenous services, as details of the deal were released on Tuesday.

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada announced on Tuesday it is entering into a pair of non-binding agreements totalling C billion (.5 billion) to compensate First Nations children harmed by a discriminatory child welfare system and to reform that system. The agreements in principle set a framework for "final" settlement agreements , the government said in a statement. They include C billion for at least 55,000 First Nations children who were removed from their families , who did not get services they needed or whose access to services was delayed. Another C billion is for

Justice Minister David Lametti said Tuesday the government will drop its appeals once the agreements are finalized in the months ahead.

The reform deal includes $1,966.50 ($2,500 Canadian dollars) in preventive care per child and provisions for children in foster care to receive support beyond age 18.

Funding aimed at reform and preventive services should start flowing in April, but may not address the deep-rooted problems that the First Nation community faces, said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

"I see it as words on paper," she told Reuters. "I judge victory when I can walk into a community and a child is able to say to me, 'My life is better than it was yesterday.' Nothing in these words actually changes children's lives until it's implemented."

Lawyer David Sterns, representing harmed First Nations children and families, said during a news conference that this would be the largest class-action settlement in Canada's history.

"The enormity of this settlement is due to one reason, and one reason only. And that is the sheer scope of the harm inflicted on class members," he said.

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu vowed to end discrimination against First Nations children, who are over-represented in foster care across Canada, at the news conference.

"Canada's decision and actions harmed First Nations children, families and communities," she said. "Discrimination caused intergenerational harm and losses. Those losses are not reversible. But I believe healing is possible."

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