Class Actions

Residential School Day Scholars Class Action —

This certified class action is brought on behalf of anyone who attended at an Indian Residential School, for any times they attended as a "Day Scholar" (i.e. non-resident student), as well as their children, and the bands within communities that contained a Residential School.

Case Overview

This certified class action is brought on behalf of any Survivor who attended at an Indian Residential School, for any times they attended as a “Day Scholar” (i.e. non-resident student), as well as their children (Descendants), and the bands within communities that contained a Residential School. The lawsuit claims that Canada acted unlawfully and harmed those who attended at the Residential Schools, as well as their children and band communities because the Schools were used to attempt to eliminate Indigenous languages, cultures and traditions. The action also claims that many people who attended the Schools were subjected to mental, emotional and spiritual abuse, for which compensation is claimed.

There is now a proposed settlement to resolve the Survivor and Descendant Class claims. This proposed settlement does not affect the claims of the Band Class.

Canada and the representative plaintiffs have signed an agreement to settle the Survivor and Descendant claims. TheĀ Band Class claims in the Class Action are continuing to trial.

This is only a proposed settlement. Class Members cannot submit claims and cannot receive compensation unless and until the proposed settlement is approved by the Federal Court. The settlement approval court hearing is scheduled to begin on September 7, 2021.

Visit www.justicefordayscholars.com for detailed information regarding this class proceeding, and the proposed settlement.

Class counsel in this matter are John K. Phillips of Waddell Phillips Barristers, along with Peter Grant and Diane Soroka.

Case Overview

This certified class action is brought on behalf of any Survivor who attended at an Indian Residential School, for any times they attended as a “Day Scholar” (i.e. non-resident student), as well as their children (Descendants), and the bands within communities that contained a Residential School. The lawsuit claims that Canada acted unlawfully and harmed those who attended at the Residential Schools, as well as their children and band communities because the Schools were used to attempt to eliminate Indigenous languages, cultures and traditions. The action also claims that many people who attended the Schools were subjected to mental, emotional and spiritual abuse, for which compensation is claimed.

There is now a proposed settlement to resolve the Survivor and Descendant Class claims. This proposed settlement does not affect the claims of the Band Class.

Canada and the representative plaintiffs have signed an agreement to settle the Survivor and Descendant claims. TheĀ Band Class claims in the Class Action are continuing to trial.

This is only a proposed settlement. Class Members cannot submit claims and cannot receive compensation unless and until the proposed settlement is approved by the Federal Court. The settlement approval court hearing is scheduled to begin on September 7, 2021.

Visit www.justicefordayscholars.com for detailed information regarding this class proceeding, and the proposed settlement.

Class counsel in this matter are John K. Phillips of Waddell Phillips Barristers, along with Peter Grant and Diane Soroka.

For updates regarding this class proceeding, and the proposed settlement, click here.

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