On March 12, 2019, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, together with representative plaintiffs, announced a proposed settlement agreement to resolve the national Indian Day Schools class action (Garry Leslie McLean et al v. Attorney General of Canada) “outside of the courts and find a lasting and meaningful resolution for former students of Indian Day Schools.”
The Indian Day school settlement agreement was approved by the federal court on Aug. 19, 2019.
It applies to students who attended 699 day schools.
Survivors can now take the next step in their journey by submitting a claim for compensation.
Is your school on the list of day schools eligible for federal compensation?
You should send the request to BOTH Indigenous Services Canada and Library and Archives Canada.
You will need a valid copy of your picture ID whether it be a driver’s licence, status card or passport. Indicate all names you may have gone by, and the years and names of schools you attended in the middle of the form.
The turnaround time is 30 days.
They can be reached by telephone:1-819-997-8277
Another 680 schools are excluded from the settlement.
If your school is on THIS list you are excluded from this settlement.
HOWEVER, you may be eligible to join a NEW class-action lawsuit for left-out students.
Additionally, you may qualify as a day scholar instead of a day school survivor, which has its own class-action lawsuit.
**PLEASE NOTE: These lists of eligible schools are subject to change**
If you are experiencing trauma related to your day school or residential school experience please call the 24-hour crisis line toll-free 1-866-925-4419.