Politics This Morning: Bennett to announce settlement with Sixties Scoop victims

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett will reveal the details of a settlement with victims of the Sixties Scoop today in Ottawa, say multiple media outlets.The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

PUBLISHED :Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 11:50 PM

Good Friday morning,

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is making an announcement in the Commons foyer on financial compensation for victims of the Sixties Scoop, according to multiple media reports.

The Sixties Scoop refers to the practice of government child welfare officials taking Indigenous children to be adopted by non-Indigenous families. Some Indigenous people captured under the program have since sued the provincial authorities responsible, alleging that they were robbed of their cultural identities.

Citing sources, The Canadian Press is reporting that Ms. Bennett will reveal details of the settlement with the estimated 20,000 victims during her 9:30 a.m. (EST) announcement on the Hill, with payouts for each claimant expected to be in the $25,000-$50,000, to a maximum of $750-million.

  

CP is also reporting that Ottawa will set aside an additional $50-million for a new Indigenous Healing Foundation, and had agreed to pay the legal fees for victims that have sued the government, estimated at $75-million.

That would put the value of the entire settlement in $800-million range, which is less than the $1.3-billion plaintiff had sought for Ontario Scoop victims by Beaverhouse First Nation Chief Brown Martel in his 2009 class action lawsuit.

Ms. Bennett will take questions from the media after the announcement.

It will otherwise be a rather quiet day on the Hill, the last before a weeklong break.

  

The House Finance Committee, the only House committee meeting today, is convening in Calgary to hear continue pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2018 budget. No Senate committees are scheduled to meet.

The House will resume sitting Oct. 16.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also spending the day away from the spotlight, with his official itinerary saying only that he will be in private meetings.  

Away from the Hill, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains is visiting Thunder Bay, Ont., today to make an announcement on improving high-speed internet service for Canadians living in rural and remote communities. He will be accompanied by Ontario’s Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle at the 9:30 a.m. (local time) announcement, hosted at the Matawa First Nations Management Office.

  

Politics This Morning will not be published on Monday on account of the Thanksgiving holiday, but The Hill Times will published.

Have a great day and a better long weekend!