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Ottawa used technicality to disqualify 1,000 residential-school claims - The Globe and Mail

5.2.16

Ottawa used technicality to disqualify 1,000 residential-school claims - The Globe and Mail: “The government should reverse this unfair decision and agree to pay compensation to these people,” said Phil Fontaine, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who is himself a residential-school survivor and who launched the efforts to obtain redress.

Residential schools, which were varying combinations of boarding facilities and educational institutions, were established in the 1800s and run by churches. Ottawa made attendance compulsory for indigenous children in a massive program aimed at assimilation.


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