Former residents of Woodlands who attended the school before August 1, 1974, will finally receive compensation for systemic abuse suffered at the provincial institution. The announcement was made by Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, at a ceremony held at the Woodlands Memorial Garden on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
People who resided at Woodlands prior to August 1, 1974, will receive a $10,000 payment. In addition, people who resided in Woodlands on after August 1, 1974, will receive of up to a maximum of $10,000 taking into account payments previously awarded through the Woodlands class action settlement.
“When I began working on this case in 2006, with the now-Minister Adrian Dix, it was clear that the road to justice would be long and difficult,” said David Klein, of Klein Lawyers, who acts for the Woodlands survivors in the class action lawsuit. “But, the morality of the survivors’ claims impelled me to persevere on their behalf. And we did encounter more than a decade of legal, political and financial challenges. We met those challenges and stand here today – a momentous day – to declare an important victory for the Woodlands survivors. We are also able to declare that our new provincial government is taking the correct and compassionate steps to remedy a dark historic wrong. This is a moral victory, not just for the Woodlands survivors, but for all British Columbians.”
A process will be developed over the coming months to confirm addresses and contact information of the former Woodlands residents. It is expected that monies will be paid out by March 31, 2019.