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article imageVictim of residential school abuses outraged by lawyer's comments

By soome2000     Jan 26, 2007 in World
More delays are expected for compensation to Canadian First Nations people who suffered abuses at federally run residental schools. To add insult to injury a Saskatchewan lawyer was overheard saying that if it wasn't for the lawyers the Indian people wou
Canadian First Nations people have been promised compensation for abuses; sexual, mental and physical, suffered at federal run residential schools during the government's aggressive assimilation program dating back one hundred years.
For years we've heard stories of the physical, sexual and mental abuse inflicted upon Native children in residential schools. Now the the survivors have been dealt another blow, while waiting for compensation from the federal government a Saskatchewan lawyer's comments are adding insult to injury.
Tony Merchant was quoted as stating if it wasn't for lawyers the Indian people wouldn't have a dime, the lawfirm stands to collect $40 million representing survivors. Quewezance says if it wasn't for the federal government's aggressive assimilation policy then none of it would have happened. Quewezance says he would like to have lawyers see this as more than just a cash win fall, it is about the survivors and not the lawyers.
James Hopkin
Ted Quewezance, National Residential School Survivors
Source: mctv 6:00 pm January 25, 2007
I wonder if they will ever see a dime?
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