Are you part of the Federal Indian Day Schools class action?

Learn about the Federal Indian Day Schools (McLean) settlement agreement.

Update

The claims process for the federal Indian Day Schools settlement is now open. Applications can be submitted until July 13, 2022. For more information on how to apply for compensation, please contact Deloitte, at:

Crisis support is available for class members through Hope for Wellness. This service provides counselling and crisis intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the toll-free line 1-855-242-3310, or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.

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What is included in the settlement agreement?

The key elements of the Federal Indian Day Schools Settlement Agreement include:

Who is eligible for compensation?

The settlement agreement includes compensation for all persons who attended an Indian Day School that was established, funded, controlled and managed by the Government of Canada from January 1, 1920 until its date of closure or transfer from Canada's control and suffered harm as a consequence of their attendance.
As of January 2020, 699 federally operated Indian Day Schools have been identified as eligible under this settlement. A final list of schools is available in Schedule K of the agreement.
Family members will be eligible to benefit from healing and commemoration activities through the Legacy Projects. 

How do I apply for compensation?

The claims process is managed by a third party administrator, Deloitte. For comprehensive information on the settlement and claims process, class members should contact Deloitte, at:

What is the McLean Settlement Corporation?

The settlement provides $200M for community based Legacy Projects to support healing, commemoration, education, language and culture. This funding will be administered by the McLean Day School Settlement Corporation.

More information on the guidelines and procedures for organizations to apply for funding will be made available by the corporation in the coming weeks.

Background on the settlement agreement

The Government of Canada established and operated 699 Indian Day Schools, starting in 1920. It is estimated that close to 200,000 Indigenous children (First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Non-Status) attended a federally-operated Indian Day School. Many students who attended these schools experienced trauma, and in some cases, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of individuals entrusted with their care.

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.

In response to concerns expressed by survivors, amendments to the proposed settlement were made, as announced on May 13, 2019.

The settlement agreement was approved by the Federal Court on August 19, 2019.

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