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Sask. watching as Ontario judge sides with ’60s scoop survivors – News Talk 650

by ahnationtalk on February 15, 2017272 Views

February 14, 2017

An Ontario judge presiding over a class-action lawsuit is now considering payments for indigenous people placed in non-aboriginal homes.

Starting in the 1960s until 1984, child-welfare authorities placed thousands of on-reserve indigenous children in non-aboriginal homes. Victims blamed the loss of their cultural identity on federal government negligence.

On Tuesday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba agreed, saying the federal government failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the children from losing their indigenous heritage.

Arguably, the Ontario court case sets a precedent for cases in other provinces, including Saskatchewan.

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