Ottawa to announcement details of Indian Day School settlement

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Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is set to announce details of a potentially multi-million dollar settlement with the former students of federally run Indian day schools who say they were subject to abuse and neglect while in the care of the state.

Bennett will announce the details at a press conference at 1 p.m. ET. CBCNews.ca will carry the announcement live.

Claudette Commanda, Mariette Buckshot, and Roger Augustine, the lead plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit, will appear alongside Bennett.

Individual compensation amounts are expected to be detailed by the minister.

The former lead on this file, Garry McLean, who initially launched a $15-billion lawsuit against the federal government in 2009, passed away in February after a lifetime of First Nations and treaty advocacy work.

Since first established in the 1920s, about 200,000 Indigenous children attended these schools across the country.

These schools were operated separately from Indian residential schools and thus the students were not included in the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement brokered by the former Conservative government.

McLean and other students have said they endured cultural harm and physical and sexual abuse while attending the schools.

McLean and the law firm representing him, Gowling WLG, reached the agreement in principle with Ottawa on Nov. 30.

This story originally appeared on CBC

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