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Two First Nations seeking compensation for residential school “day scholars”

Federal Court in Vancouver is set to hear arguments today on certifying a class-action suit on behalf of so-called “day scholars” of residential schools.

The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc (Kamloops Indian Band) and Shishalh Nation are seeking compensation for survivors who returned to their families at night.

The two aboriginal bands want to represent all day students across Canada in their court action against the federal government.

The lawsuit alleges day scholars suffered the same loss of cultural connection and language as their residential counterparts.


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  1. We had to go to a school/prison in the middle of nowhere hours away from home. They made us go to a chapel every morning to learn about a religion that we had never heard of before. We weren’t allowed to leave the property and got straps if we tried. We had to sign in with our ‘house mothers’ every 3 hours except for when we were in class. If we missed a sign in then they would tie a rope around our wrists that was only long enough for us to go to our dorm rooms or to the entrance of the school building where we had to hand our ‘leash’ to the teacher outside the door. It was meant to humiliate us. We weren’t allowed to talk to our families unless we had money to pay for long distance phone calls (most of us didn’t have parents who sent us money to call home).
    Every day the teachers told me that I was worthless. I got in trouble for speaking the language I grew up with and for questioning the religion they were forcing on us. I was labeled as a ‘troubled student’ for speaking my language in class. My teacher made me get up on his desk in front of everyone and do push-ups while he sat there looking up the skirt of my school uniform. Then they moved me to live in a bedroom with a senior student who had a history of abusing other students in many different ways. It was a living nightmare.

  2. we should be compensated for the straps we got. We were sent away to school and had to live with strangers. So I was gone for 10 months and came home for two. Could ‘t afford to come home on holidays. I dropped out when I suffered from epileptic attacks and panic disorder . So yes, I believe we should be compensated, because now I still suffer from panic attacks.

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