Quebec judge authorizes class action lawsuit alleging abuse at Indigenous day schools

 By Jacob Serebrin THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL- A Quebec Superior Court judge has authorized a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Indigenous people who allege they received lower-quality education than other Quebecers at day schools where abuse was rampant. Thousands of First Nations and Inuit children were required by the provincial or federal government to attend the schools. “The plaintiffs assert that the day school system had a stated goal of cultural assimilation and that the children who attended them were victims of acculturation as well as, for many, psychological, physical and sexual abuse by teachers, administrators, other employees and other children at these schools,” Justice Sylvain Lussier wrote in his Dec. 8 decision. The lawsuit includes all First Nations people who were required between 1951 and 2014 to attend day…

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