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Canada’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett told the House of Commons Thursday that the damages awarded to Ontario 60’s scoop survivors will be done on a case by case basis.
In February of 2017, an Ontario judge ruled that Canada failed in its fiduciary duty to protect the culture of thousands of First Nations children taken from their families and put in non-Indigenous homes.
After the ruling, Canada said it would not appeal but negotiate a settlement.
Some survivors say the government is putting up roadblocks to avoid paying what is owed.
“The crown’s initial position which caused us grave concern was their submission that in fact, the judges ruling in February did not establish causation, which is a fancy way of saying – hadn’t really established that the breach of the agreement rendered the federal government liable for damages,” said Morris Cooper, the groups lawyer.
But Bennett said no two claims are the same and they must be worked out on their own.
“Taking action on the outstanding claim childhood claim and I have a mandate to negotiate with all sixty scoop plaintiffs as the courts have clearly laid out,” Bennett told the House. “No two experiences are the same, no two voices are identical, we believe that each individual deserves the justice they are entitled too.”