The federal government has earmarked $1.7 billion to settle up to 18,000 native residential school lawsuits over seven years.
Public Works minister Ralph Goodale, who is charged with resolving mounting residential school claims, made the announcement today.
“Time is running out for the elderly claimants and those in ill health,” he said. “We need a system that does not clog the courts nor spend all the money on lawyers.”
More than 12,000 former students have sued Ottawa and the four churches that ran the government-owned schools for physical, sexual, and cultural abuse.