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Amid calls for accountability and compensation for child deaths at residential schools, lawyers say it’s unlikely Indigenous families will receive it from the government any time soon, especially since there has been no national inquiry yet into the deaths. The horrific discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the site of a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. has prompted demands that all former school sites be searched for hidden graves – something Saskatchewan recently announced it was doing. The United Nations Human Rights Office, along with many commenters on social media, are renewing calls for government compensation for those whose family members went to these schools and never came back. Lawyers say that compensation is unlikely, at least for now. “I think it shouldn’t be done as a legal obligation, but a moral obligation,” Winnipeg-based lawyer Bill Percy told over the phone on Tuesday. His past cases have involved sexual abuse victims and Indigenous law.

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