Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq warn Indian Day school settlements may be targets for scammers – The Chronicle Herald

Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq warn Indian Day school settlements may be targets for scammers – The Chronicle Herald

by ahnationtalk on September 14, 202027 Views

MEMBERTOU, N.S. —

The Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq is warning Unama’ki residents that predatory scammers are targeting Indian day school survivors and their settlements.

“We’re just making sure people are aware of this and not to give any information out,” said Debra Ginnish, the Indian day school co-ordinator with the wellness team at the union.

She says the settlement cheques are mailed out and Deloitte, the company mailing out the cheques, does not do direct deposit, so any phone calls requesting banking information are scams. If any survivors are confused by calls, they can contact their band office or the wellness team.

The Indian day school system’s goal was to remove Indigenous languages, cultures and ways of life from Indigenous children. They were similar to residential schools and the Indigenous children enrolled in them faced physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The day school students could go home at night, unlike residential school survivors. The Indian day school survivors have now been awarded a settlement for the trauma caused by the schools.

Read More: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/provincial/union-of-nova-scotia-mikmaq-warn-indian-day-school-settlements-may-be-targets-for-scammers-496771/

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