Newspaper article The Canadian Press

60s-Scoop

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

60s-Scoop

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TORONTO - An 11th-hour government attempt to stop a judge from ruling on a bitter eight-year legal fight over the so-called '60s Scoop is under fire from the plaintiffs and observers.

Justice Edward Belobaba reserved his decision late last week on whether the federal government is liable to about 16-thousand indigenous children in Ontario who were taken from reserves and placed in non-aboriginal homes from 1965 to 1984.

The plaintiffs, who seek 1.3-billion dollars in damages in the class action, say they suffered a devastating loss of cultural identity.

In a blistering note to Ontario Superior Court, the plaintiffs are urging Belobaba to reject the Liberal government's request to put his decision on ice.

Last week, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett made a vaguely worded announcement in which she said the government now wanted to negotiate a national settlement to bring a close to what she called a "dark chapter" in Canada's history. …

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