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The Innu of Labrador launch a class action against the province and the Federal Court

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The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Canadian Press

A class action brought by the Innu Nation of Labrador seeks compensation for the mistreatment suffered by survivors of Indigenous day schools located in their community.

According to the documents in the lawsuit, filed against the federal and provincial governments, students in these schools suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse and lost their cultural identity.

The lawsuit covers abuses suffered at schools in Sheshatshiu, Natuashish and Davis Inlet between 1949, when the province joined Canada, and 2009, when the Innu nation formed its own school board.

The lawsuit was signed by lawyers on Thursday and filed in the province's Supreme Court.

The approach is similar to others launched elsewhere in the country, including a class action against Indigenous day schools settled in 2019.

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The Innu Nation had been excluded from these agreements since it was not included in the Indian Act until the early 2000s.

With information from Janelle Kelly of< em>CBC

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