Courts Give OK To Residential School Compensation

Friday, December 15, 2006 at 17:16



Canada’s courts have approved the federal government’s compensation package for residential school survivors.


All nine judges involved in the decision unanimously agreed to terms of the settlement.


That means cheques of $10,000 each — plus $3,000 for each additional year spent in the institutions — will go out next year.


Saskatchewan lawyer Tony Merchant says he expects survivors to receive the payments by September or October.


He adds there will now be a brief waiting period where school survivors can choose to opt out of the settlement package if they wish.


Merchant doubts any of them will.