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Ottawa must decide this week whether to appeal a ruling upholding two human-rights-tribunal orders that would result in billions of dollars in compensation for Indigenous children, a choice that will be closely watched for the Liberal government’s commitment to reconciliation.
The decision needs to be made by Friday, which marks one month since Federal Court Justice Paul Favel ruled the federal government had not shown the orders from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal were unreasonable.
The next step in the legal battle is taking place at a politically thorny moment for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while the issue of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples has come into greater focus for the country with the revelations of unmarked burial sites of former residential school students.