May 27/98: Abuse plaintiffs push campaign for awareness


Victoria Times-Colonist
May 27, 1998, p. A2

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Nanaimo - Plaintiffs in the residential school abuse civil trial heard in Nanaimo and Prince Rupert earlier this year are making a national appeal to increase awareness and broaden support. Spokesman Randy Fred said the appeal is part of preparations for the last phase of the trial in August. Penalties will be determined then, if Justice Donald Brenner finds the United Church and government of Canada vicariously liable for assaults committed several decades ago at the Alberni Indian Residential School by Arthur Henry Plint.

"Regardless of what that decision is we have to go back to court, to deal with disclosure and the big issues, like loss of language, culture and spirituality," said Fred. Brenner heard final submissions in the trial in Prince Rupert in April and is expected to hand down his finding by the end of June.

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