Tentative Settlement Reached in Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Case

Department of Justice

June 3, 2014 10:41 AM

The government has reached a tentative settlement with former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.

The agreement, with former residents who have filed a class action lawsuit against the province, will go before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court for preliminary approval on June 6.

"We're not done yet-there are still some legal steps in the process. But this is a significant step forward in the right direction," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "Former residents have been through a lot and for their sake, it's good that we're closer to a resolution."

Court documents to be filed later today, June 3, detail a lump sum settlement of $29 million to be disbursed by legal counsel representing former residents. Final court approval is tentatively set for July 7 in Supreme Court. The settlement agreement and all legal steps are expected to be finalized by the end of September.

After a settlement has been reached, government will begin developing terms of reference for a process that will give former residents an opportunity to publicly share their stories.


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     Government has reached a tentative settlement with

former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.

     Premier Stephen McNeil says there are more legal steps in

the process, but that the agreement is a significant step

forward in the right direction.

     Court documents detailing the 29-million-dollar settlement

will be filed later today (June 3rd) and the agreement will go

before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court for preliminary approval on

June 6th. Final court approval is tentatively set for July 7th.

     The settlement agreement and all legal steps are expected

to be finalized by the end of September.

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                Chad Lucas
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