It’s the first day of a hearing to settle the Indian day school class-action lawsuit.
The matter will be heard in federal court in Winnipeg.
A judge will listen to three days of arguments, a schedule shows.
Here is the schedule:
9:30 am – Opening Remarks by the Court
9:45 am – Overview of Settlement Agreement by Class Counsel
10:15 am – Submissions from Canada in support of the Settlement Agreement
10:30 am – Submissions by Supporters of the Settlement Agreement
12:00 pm – BREAK
1 pm – 4pm – Submissions by Objectors (by Counsel)
9:30 am – Submissions by Objectors (Individuals)
1:00 pm – Break
2:00 pm – Continued Submissions by Objectors (Individuals)
9:30am – Response to Objectors by Class Counsel
11:30am – Response to Objectors by Canada
1:00 pm – BREAK
2:00 pm – Fee Approval Motion
The civil suit was filed against the federal government by two First Nations men from Manitoba, seeking compensation for emotional pain, physical suffering and loss of culture and language.
They say they experienced the same abuse and deprivation as Indian residential school students, who were taken from their homes and forced to live at the government-funded schools run by religious organizations.
The only difference being day school students were allowed to return home after school and weekends.
There are an estimated 120,000 to 150,000 living day school survivors in Canada.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett wants to settle the case out of court.
She is offering former students compensation of between $10,000 and $200,000.
And money to establish a healing program.