’60s Scoop Survivors Set To Receive $800M Settlement From Federal Government

Marcia Brown Martel is seen outside court in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

TORONTO — The Canadian Press has learned that the federal government has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to Indigenous survivors of the ’60s Scoop.

Sources say the agreement includes a payout of between $25,000 and $50,000 for each claimant.

The national settlement — estimated at $800 million — is to be announced Friday by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.

The deal aims to resolve 18 related lawsuits over the harm done to Indigenous children who were placed with non-native families.

The most prominent of the claims — the only one certified as a class action — was filed in Ontario by Marcia Brown Martel.

After years of litigation, Brown Martel succeeded in proving the federal government was liable for the loss of cultural heritage that had caused the children lasting harm.

More coming.

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Author: Colin Perkel, Canadian Press