Survivors of Indian Day Schools meeting today on class-action suit

Survivors of federally run Indian Day Schools are meeting with their lawyers today at #3 Boat Ramp Rd. on the Tsartlip reserve.

Tsartlip member and day school survivor Angel Sampson said organizers are trying to reach as many local survivors as possible and get them to attend. She said lawyers Robert Winogron and Jeremy Bouchard are coming from Ottawa for the 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. session.

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Day schools are distinct from residential schools in that students went home at night, but students still dealt with abuse.

About 200,000 students went to more than 700 day schools.

A proposed settlement reached in March for students taking part in a class-action suit would provide basic compensation of $10,000, with those who endured physical and sexual abuse eligible for another $50,000 to $200,000.

Up to 140,000 people could end up being part of the class action.

For more information, call Sampson at 250-665-7777.

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