Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Supports Lump Sum Deal

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Supports Lump Sum Deal

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The federal government's move toward awarding compensation to all former native residential school students won't have an immediate financial impact on the Anglican Church of Canada, according to church officials.

However, the church praised the announcement as an important step forward toward justice for those who attended the schools and a positive development in relations with Canada's indigenous peoples.

"For a long time, our primary goal has been healing and reconciliation--healing for those whose lives have been damaged by their residential schools experience and reconciliation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal persons in our church and in society," said Archdeacon Jim Boyles, the general secretary of General Synod, the church's governing body.

On May 30, Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan said the government agreed to work with the-Assembly of First Nations (AFN) "along the lines" of a plan proposed last November by the national native group. Under the proposal, each former student would receive a lump-sum payment of $10,000, with a further $3,000 for each year attended. The government estimates that there are 86,000 former students alive today. Although the announcement did not mention financial amounts, various estimates have put the total cost of such a package at $4-6 billion. The AFN plan also calls for an apology and a "truth and reconciliation process" where victims' stories could be heard.

Ms. McLellan said that former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci was appointed to conduct negotiations with the AFN. …

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