Yukon Has Spent $2.5M Settling Sexual Assault Cases, Since 2000
Yukon and its insurers have spent $2.5 million settling historic sexual assault cases launched against the government and other parties, including the federal government, since 2000.
The amount was revealed on Monday, in a statement from the territory's Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.
In the statement, McPhee says approximately 40 sexual assault cases were launched against the Yukon Government "and a variety of other parties including the Government of Canada" over the last 17 years.
Most of those cases have been settled, some were dismissed or discontinued.
The $2.5 million spent on settlement payments by the Yukon government and government insurers includes the payment of plaintiff's legal costs in some cases.
McPhee and the Yukon Department of Justice have faced questions about the settlement of historic sexual assault cases since a recent Toronto Star investigation revealed abuse suffered by several Indigenous children, at the hands of a former school principal and foster parent, between the late 1960s and the late 1980s.The story describes how the man, identified only as "J.V." due to a publication ban, was convicted in 1987 of sexually assaulting five children, and sentenced to five years for each charge, to be served concurrently.
It also says that since 2007, another six people have sued the Yukon government and J.V. for sexual abuse, and some of those civil cases have been settled.
After the Toronto Star published its story, McPhee said she couldn't say how many civil cases have been settled against J.V. and therefore couldn't say how much money the government has spent on settlements.
Her statement on Monday does not indicate how many of the cases settled by the government since 2000 are related to J.V.