What You Need to Know about the Indian Day School Class Action Settlement

Posted:  Oct 14, 2020

Did you attend an Indian Day School, run by the Government of Canada between 1920 and when the Day School was closed? While you attended these schools, were you harmed? If you were, you may be eligible to receive support and compensation. Currently, there are over 698 different schools listed as Indian Day Schools that were run by the federal government.


Lasting Legacy of Trauma 

Since 1920, close to 200,000 Indigenous children attended federally-operated Indian Day Schools. Many children experienced trauma and abuse by the hands of those who were supposed to care for them. This created a lasting legacy of trauma deep within Indigenous communities.


Class Action Settlement

The Indian Day Schools class action settlement provides survivors of Indian Day Schools with compensation and resources such as legacy projects to support healing, wellness, education, language, culture and commemoration, mental health supports and compensation for legal fees.


How to Apply

If you attended an Eligible Indian Day School and were harmed during your time at school, please join this class action settlement. To apply, an application form will need to be completed. The form can be found here: Indian Day Schools class action claim form. Your claim needs to be submitted by July 13, 2022.


If You are Applying on Behalf of a Deceased Family Member or Dependent Family Member

If your family member attended an Indian Day School but passed away on July 31, 2007 or later, you can apply on behalf of their estate. Indigenous Services Canada will appoint an administrator or executor to manage their estate. This executor is usually a family member.


You can also apply on behalf of a dependent family member, such as someone with dementia or a disability. Indigenous Services Canada will appoint an administrator or executor to manage their estate. This executor is usually a family member who can make decisions on behalf of the dependent family member.


If you need more information or assistance with any of these applications, please call the Stevens & Company Law office at 250-248-8220 and one of our experienced lawyers will be happy to help you with the process.


If you are applying for yourself, a deceased family member or a dependent family member, the form is due July 13, 2022.


Apply using a Lawyer You Trust

To complete your claim, apply on behalf of a deceased family member or a dependent family member, you may want to have a lawyer help you complete the application form. After a June 17, 2020 Federal Court ruling, you can now use a lawyer of your own choice, when you apply for the Indian Day Schools class action settlement. This ruling ensures that your lawyer will be paid from the compensation of the settlement and only after their fee is reviewed by the Federal Court. By being able to pick a lawyer of your choice, you’ll know that they will stand with you through this process.


Stevens & Company is Here For You

Stevens & Company can help you complete your Indian Day School class action settlement claim form. As a First Nations owned law firm, we know first-hand how deeply the trauma, pain, physical and sexual abuse impacts our communities. By working together, we can begin to turn trauma, pain and abuse towards healing. We are caring professionals who focus on building relationships with our clients. At Stevens & Company, we sit face-to-face with our clients, treating each person with respect and dignity.


To begin your Indian Day School Settlement claim, please call Stevens & Company at 250-248-8220 or call toll-free 1-877-248-8220. 


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