Canadian $1.9-billion court settlement 2006 on residential schools recognizes: all students suffered through loss of culture and language
Residential schools were originally an extension of the missionary work of European religious settlers who sought to convert aboriginals to Christianity. The federal government became involved in joint ventures with the churches in 1874 and took over the schools completely in 1969. The last residential school closed in 1996.
While specific lawsuits dealing with sexual and physical abuse continue, the $1.9-billion settlement recognizes that all students suffered through loss of culture and language and by being forcibly removed from their homes to live at the schools. The $1.9-billion settlement was officially approved by the courts last month.