By Caitrin Pilkington Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Lawyers for the Federal Indian Boarding Homes (Percival) class-action lawsuit say an agreement-in-principle has been reached with the federal government. The lawsuit, initiated by Reginald Percival of Nisga’a Nation, was filed in 2018. It focuses on what Indigenous children experienced not at residential schools, but at boarding homes where they were forcibly placed in order to attend public schools. “Probably almost all of us lived under the same kind of conditions that they had in the residential schools, which was a lot of abuse,” Percival said in an interview with the CBC. “The abuse was not only physical. It was sexual. It was mental. We had to deal with a lot of systemic racism. We were not allowed to contact family. We weren’t
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