The government announced in December it had reached a settlement with survivors of former Indian Day Schools.
On Tuesday, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced the details.
Former students of the day schools will be eligible to receive from $10,000 to $200,000 each in compensation, depending on the harm or abuse they received.
“This agreement will bring us one step closer to a lasting and meaningful resolution for survivors…of this dark and tragic chapter in Canada’s history,” Bennett said.
Unlike Indian Residential Schools, the estimated 200,000 Indigenous children who attended Indian Day Schools did not reside at the schools, which were run and maintained by the same denominations–Roman Catholic, Church of England, Methodist and Presbyterian–that ran the residential schools.
As in the Residential Schools, many children in the day schools suffered physical and sexual abuse.
In 2006, the federal government reached a settlement with survivors of the residential schools and in 2008 then prime minister Stephen Harper delivered an historic apology in the House of Commons to residential schools survivors.
McLean died in February after devoting his life to advocacy work for First Nations causes.
As part of the Indian Day School agreement, Ottawa agreed to establish the McLean Day School Settlement Corporation for Legacy Projects.
The $200 million fund will be used for “healing, wellness, language, culture and commemoration for class members and their communities.”
With files from CBC, CP, Global, APTN