Canada to pay millions in class action over native child placement

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Canadian government has been ordered to pay compensation An Ontario judge has upheld a class action ruling ordering the Canadian government to pay compensation to indigenous children…

Canada to pay millions in class action over native child placement

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Canadian government has been ordered to pay compensation

An Ontario judge has upheld a class action ruling ordering the Canadian government to pay compensation to indigenous children who were removed from their homes by police or child services.

In December 2016, a judge in a class action against the government ordered it to pay $475m (C$634m) in damages.

An order was entered following the proceedings, in which parents claimed that law enforcement officers or child protection officials used force or any other type of act to end their children’s births.

More than half a million indigenous children have been removed from their homes in Canada.

Many of those people have been placed in foster care, or adopted out, according to several human rights groups.

According to testimony given by police officers at the hearings, these actions often left children with injuries, broken bones and more permanent damage.

Parents who tried to stop the removal were imprisoned, these witnesses said.

At least 725 Indian and Northern Affairs Canada officers and six children’s services workers were named in the original class action lawsuit.

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