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Indian hospital’ survivors seek compensation – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on February 3, 202025 Views

February 2, 2020

Gail Peterson Gus remembers well the rough, jagged, red scar down her mother June’s back. She also recalls meeting a white woman her mother’s age at a Port Alberni pool who had also had her lung removed at a young age.

“It was a beautiful scar, clean and sharp,” Gus said in an interview. “My mom’s scar was like a bad pumpkin carving. She had been butchered.”

Gus, a Tseshaht woman who lives near Port Alberni, said June Watts spent seven years in a residential school, where she contracted tuberculosis, then 10 years in the Nanaimo Indian Hospital that closed in 1966. Watts died in 1992.

As the child of an “Indian hospital” survivor, Gus may be entitled to compensation following the Federal Court of Canada’s decision in January to certify a $1.1-billion class-action lawsuit against the federal government for its “Indian hospital” policy.

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