Canadian churches accept ruling on Indian sex-abuse claims

Churches will pay 25 percent of compensation to victims
Canada’s two largest Protestant denominations say they are satisfied with a decision by the country’s Supreme Court that stipulates how religious groups and the federal government should divide the cost of compensating tens of thousands of native Canadian sex-abuse victims.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled October 21 that the federal portion of responsibility for abuse that took place at schools for Indians should be 75 percent, while the church should pay 25 percent. The schools were jointly run by churches and the government.

The high court disagreed with the British Columbia Court of Appeal, which ruled more than a year ago that the federal government alone was liable for compensating abused students embroiled in a nationally watched test case centered on a Vancouver Island native residential school, which was run by the United Church of Canada.


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