'Invest in our Children NOW` sign in front of steps of Vancouver Art Gallery. (Photo credit: Dreamstime)

A Canadian court Tuesday approved a historic multi-billion dollar agreement to reform Canada's child welfare system and compensate Indigenous families who suffered because of it.

It awards $23 billion in compensation to more than 300,000 children and their families, and an additional $20 billion for the reform of the child welfare system in Indigenous communities.

"It's a historical compensation agreement and the largest in the history of Canada," Patty Hajdu, Indigenous Services Minister, told reporters in Ottawa.

"It will in no way erase the harms done, but it will acknowledge the pain that many of the litigants suffered," she added.

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