$1.1B class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of former ‘Indian hospital’ patients – CBC

Lawsuit focuses on alleged ‘horrific treatment’ at 29 segregated hospitals across Canada

Jan 30, 2018

Two Canadian law firms have filed a $1.1-billion class-action lawsuit on behalf of former patients of government-run “Indian hospitals,” which comprised a decades-long segregated health care system now marred by allegations of widespread mistreatment and abuse, CBC News has learned.

The lawsuit focuses on 29 segregated hospitals operated across the country by the federal government between 1945 and the early 1980s. Researchers say thousands of Indigenous patients may have been admitted to the institutions during that four-decade span.

The facilities were overcrowded and inadequately staffed, alleges the statement of claim. Indigenous patients were unable to leave on their own accord, it continues, and were “forcibly detained, isolated, and, at times, restrained to their beds.”

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/indian-hospital-class-action-1.4508659

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