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Natives urged to support residential school payout

Attendees of the annual Assembly of First Nations session were urged on Tuesday to support a residential school settlement.

AFN Chief Phil Fontaine called the proposal a "good deal" and a way to avoid litigation. He said each former student would receive lump sum payment of $10,000, another $3,000 for each year spent in one of the schools and a chance to participate in a national truth and reconciliation process.

Fontaine said an estimated 87,000 Natives would be eligible for the deal. A final package is expected to be made by March 2006.

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AFN urges residential school survivors to accept 'good deal' (CBC 7/6)
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Relevant Links:
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Indian Residential Schools Resolution Department -

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