The Sixties Scoop is a dark and painful chapter in Canada’s history.
Today, the federal government announced that an Agreement-in-Principle aimed at resolving Sixties Scoop litigation has been reached.
Over the past several months, the Government of Canada and counsel for the plaintiffs have been engaged in negotiations to resolve this litigation in a fair, compassionate, and respectful manner that promotes reconciliation and healing.
The Agreement-in-Principle includes the establishment of a Foundation that will focus on healing, wellness, language, culture and commemoration. The structure of the Foundation will be negotiated directly with representatives from the plaintiffs, their counsel, and representatives from the Government of Canada. The Agreement-in-Principle also includes individual compensation.
The key elements of the Agreement-in-Principle are as follows:
- An investment of up to $50M by the Government of Canada to establish a Foundation to enable change and reconciliation.
- A minimum of $500M and a maximum of $750M in individual compensation for Status Indians and Inuit. According to some reports, this amounts to about $25,000 to $50,000 for each claimant.
- $75M for legal fees. Plaintiffs’ counsel have committed that they will not seek additional legal costs from the plaintiffs in order to ensure that compensation intended for plaintiffs is preserved for them. Additional funds will be included in the settlement agreement to cover administrative costs for the third party implementation of the agreement.
This Agreement-in-Principle is the first step in resolving the Sixties Scoop litigation. Canada is committed to working with other Indigenous people affected by the Sixties Scoop, and the provinces and territories who have already shown leadership in this area, to resolve the remaining litigation.
The government has committed to seeing all of the Calls to Action put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – this agreement is a concrete demonstration of that commitment.
In particular, this responds to Call to Action number 29, which calls on the government to resolve disputes – whenever possible – expeditiously and outside of the confrontational court setting.
- The Agreement-in-Principle represents a major milestone. Parties are working to finalize the agreement by the end of 2017, and will seek court approval through a fairness hearing targeted for Spring 2018.
- The Foundation for healing, wellness, language, culture and commemoration will be accessible to all Indigenous people.
- The Foundation will be designed in full partnership with Indigenous peoples and administered independently of the federal government.
- Sixties Scoop Agreement in Principle
- Minister Bennett Announces Launch of Negotiations Towards National Resolution to Sixties Scoop Litigation
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