Nearly 200,000 Indigenous children attended more than 700 Indian day schools beginning in the 1920s. The children often endured physical and sexual abuse at the federally run schools.
Under the settlement agreement, the government will compensate each eligible survivor class member from $10,000 to $200,000, based on the harm they experienced. The government will also create a Legacy Fund of $200 million for commemoration, health, and wellness projects, and language and culture initiatives.
The Indian day schools operated separately from the residential school system and weren’t included in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement approved in 2006.
Who’s eligible (qualifies) for compensation
You qualify for direct compensation if you attended at least one of the Federal Indian Day Schools or Federal Day Schools that the government of Canada funded, managed, and controlled.
The Federal Indian Day School Class Action official website has a list of the schools on Schedule K (pdf).
What happens next
If you don’t agree with the settlement, you can opt out. This means you remove yourself from the class action, and you won’t get any compensation from the settlement. But you still have the right to make your own claim against Canada for harm you suffered.
To opt out from the class action settlement, you had to fill out and submit the Opt-Out Form (pdf) by November 18, 2019.
How to make a claim for compensation
- Read the Claims Form (pdf) on the Federal Indian Day School Class Action website to make a claim. The website will have more information in the coming weeks.
- Fill out and send a Registration Form on the Federal Indian Day School Class Action website to get information about the class action when it’s available. There’s no deadline to register.
- When the claims process starts, you’ll have two-and-a-half years to submit the Claims Form.
For more information and updates
Lawyers at the law firm Gowling WLG are representing the plaintiffs in this class action. You can contact Gowling WLG for information and help with the settlement process. You won’t pay any fees for their help.
Phone 1-844-539-3815 (no charge)
The Federal Indian Day School Class Action website has more contact details for Gowling WLG and settlement updates.
See the website’s FAQ section for answers to frequently asked questions about the settlement process.