The Canadian government has offered a cash settlement for indigenous people forced into residential schools as children, Anne McIlroy reports
Canada has a shameful history of racism towards its indigenous people and their descendants, who now number roughly 900,000. Years of misguided policies have left many members of the three officially recognised aboriginal peoples of Canada - the First Nations, Inuit and Métis - living on remote, overcrowded reserves without clean drinking water or sewage treatment. Their health has suffered. Infant mortality is three times the norm, and the rate of suicide is six times the national average.
The proposed settlement would offer students $10,000 each, plus $3,000 for each year they spent at one of the 130 schools. In exchange, they would have to agree not to sue the federal government or the churches for damages.