The Indian Day School Settlement Claims Process is now open for survivors who suffered harms while attending Federal Indian Day Schools and Federal Day Schools. Survivors can now take the next step in their journey by submitting a claim for compensation.
The Approved Settlement provides direct compensation for eligible Survivors, in the range of $10,000 - $200,000, as well as support for families and communities through the establishment of a $200M Legacy Fund. To be eligible for direct compensation, a person must have suffered harm while attending one of the Federal Indian Day Schools or Federal Day Schools funded, managed and controlled by Canada, as listed on Schedule K.
To get started, Survivors can visit www.indiandayschools.com or call 1 (888) 221-2898. Class Members will have two and a half years to submit their claims for compensation. The last day to submit a Claim will be July 13, 2022.
Class Counsel encourages all Survivors to review the Claim Form, available on the Indian Day School website, to prepare their submission.
A completed Claim Form can be submitted to the Claims Administrator in the following ways:
To: Indian Day Schools Class Action Claims Administrator, c/o Deloitte
· By Mail: PO Box 1775, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5C 0A2, or
· By Fax: 416-366-1102, or
· By Email: email@example.com
Legal and mental health supports are available for Class Members
After waiting many years for justice and recognition, the opening of the Claims Process is a major milestone in many survivors' lives.
To assist claimants in the process, a number of supports are available for Class Members:
· Claims Process and legal support: For any questions about the Claim Form or Claims Process, survivors can call 1 (888) 221-2898. They will be given the option either to seek support from the Administrator on submitting a Claim, or legal support and help filling out the Claim Form from Class Counsel.
· Mental health counselling and crisis support is available to Class Members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Hope for Wellness Hotline at 1-855-242-3310 or online at www.hopeforwellness.ca. Counselling is available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut, on request.
“This compensation is an important next step in the process of healing and revitalizing our languages, cultures and traditions,” said Claudette Commanda, plantiff in the Indian Day School Settlement.
“Not only does this Settlement recognize the harm Indian Day Schools did to our languages and culture, it also validates the significance of First Nation languages and cultures for our people,” she added.
“First Nation people hold to the belief that our languages and cultures are our inherent gifts given to us by our Creator, and we must ensure our languages and cultures will forever be here for our children, grandchildren and our future as the original and first people of this country.”