Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 15, 2006
Canadian Catholics on the hook for $80M
Legal representative is pleased with settlement
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
The residential schools settlement is going to "immensely weaken the Catholic Church."
- Archbishop James Weisgerber
He also noted that the additional funds promised in last year's Kelowna Accord for housing, clean water and education for native peoples were gutted in the recent federal budget.
Saskatoon lawyer Rod Levy who represented the Catholic entities told CCN he is pleased with the settlement.
"All around this is the best resolution," he said. "The churches have stepped up to the plate and tried to move forward."
He said the entities have promised the $29 million in cash, and whether that money has already been set aside or will come from the sale of property, he does not know.
The entities are in the process of evaluating the monetary value of in-kind services they already provide or will provide in the future, he said.
Donlevy said various organizations have already paid about $7.5 million in direct compensation for proven cases of sexual or physical abuse.
"I don't think any of the Church organizations have ever walked away when there has been valid proof of a serious physical assault or a sexual assault," he said.
Donlevy objects, however, to claims of cultural genocide against the schools or abuse charges "because somebody got their knuckles rapped or ears pulled."
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