Class Actions

Residential School Day Scholars Class Action —

This certified Class Action was brought on behalf of Day Scholars – students who attended Indian Residential Schools (“IRS”) during the day only but did not sleep there overnight, and their Descendants (their children). The lawsuit claimed that IRSs destroyed Class Members’ language and culture, violated their cultural and linguistic rights, and caused psychological harms. The Federal Court has approved a settlement agreement that resolves the Day Scholar Survivor and Descendant Class claims.

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.

The Federal Court has approved a settlement for the claims of the Day Scholars Survivor Class and the Descendant Class. This proposed settlement does not affect the claims of the Band Class, which are continuing to trial. See further details here.

The Day Scholar Compensation Payment Claims Process is now open.

Visit www.justicefordayscholars.com for detailed information regarding this class proceeding, the settlement and the Day Scholar Compensation Payment claims process.

Class counsel in this matter are John K. Phillips and Cory Wanless 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.

The Federal Court has approved a settlement for the claims of the Day Scholars Survivor Class and the Descendant Class. This proposed settlement does not affect the claims of the Band Class, which are continuing to trial. See further details here.

The Day Scholar Compensation Payment Claims Process is now open.

Visit www.justicefordayscholars.com for detailed information regarding this class proceeding, the settlement and the Day Scholar Compensation Payment claims process.

Class counsel in this matter are John K. Phillips and Cory Wanless 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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