Actions and Commitments: Call to Action # 29

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May 31, 2024


Federal court approves $2B settlement agreement for Indian boarding home survivors

APTN News: Tens of thousands of survivors from what is known as Canada’s “Indian boarding home” program are one step closer to receiving $2 billion in compensation after a federal court released its approval of a settlement agreement on Thursday. A tentative agreement was reached between the federal government and survivors in January 2023. It...

March 18, 2024


SCO and Anish Corporation to Host International Gathering for Sixties Scoop Survivors

NationTalk: ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), in collaboration with Anish Corporation, is set to welcome Survivors of the Sixties Scoop from across Turtle Island and the world to Treaty One Territory, for an International Sixties Scoop Gathering. The “Finding our Spirits” Gathering will take place April 28 and 29, 2024,...

October 20, 2023


Residential school healing retreat had Métis survivors giggling, ‘staying up until 12:30 a.m.’

‘I felt I could say anything I want here,’ says survivor of Alberta retreat CBC Indigenous: Angie Crerar, who attended St. Joseph’s residential school in Fort Resolution, N.W.T., says she has carried a heavy weight for nearly three decades. As she’s gotten older, the Métis elder and knowledge keeper says her memories have become more...

September 21, 2023


Day Scholars Settlement Class Members can apply for an extension until January 4, 2024

 NNL Digital News Update Individuals who attended Federal Indian Residential Schools as a Day Scholar have a four-month extension to apply for compensation. VANCOUVER – LEGAL – Individuals who attended a Federal Indian Residential School during the day but did not stay overnight (“Day Scholars”) have an additional four months to submit a claim for the...

August 10, 2023


Court denies deadline extension for Indian Day School compensation claims

‘This decision should not be taken as a dismissal of the concerns put forward;’ court docs say CBC News: Indian day school survivors will not be given more time to apply for compensation, according to a Federal Court decision released on Thursday.  The decision marks the end of a legal battle filed by Audrey Hill and Six...

July 21, 2023


Deal near for 40,000 survivors of federal Boarding Homes Program

Canada will compensate those sent to suburban schools in four provinces between Sept. 1, 1951 and June 30, 1992. APTN News: Reginald Percival at 13 when Indian Affairs sent him to a suburban school from his northern First Nation. Photo: submitted  Warning: This story deals with disturbing subject matter.  Contact the Hope for Wellness Helpline for...

June 29, 2023


Final agreement reached to resolve Percival class action

NationTalk: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and court-appointed representative plaintiffs Reginald Percival and Kenneth Weistche announced that a proposed settlement agreement has been reached in the Federal Indian Boarding Homes (Percival) class action. Beginning in the 1950s, approximately 40,000 Indigenous children were part of...

March 24, 2023


From Île-à-la-Crosse to Brighton, England: ’60s Scoop survivors map journey of reconnection

Interactive project continues work to raise awareness, create connections and reunite long-lost relatives CBC News: Thinking about meeting his sister Patsy for the first time seven years ago is still tough for Sixties Scoop survivor Daniel Frost. “All I could do was look at her hands,” he recalled, still overwhelmed with emotion as he remembered how...

March 9, 2023


‘Historic’ $2.8B class-action Indigenous court settlement approved

Schools aimed to assimilate Indigenous children and abuse was widespread WARNING: This story contains distressing details. CBC News: A Federal Court judge has approved a $2.8-billion settlement agreement between the Canadian government and plaintiffs representing 325 First Nations whose members went to residential day schools. Justice Ann Marie McDonald said in her ruling issued Thursday...

February 27, 2023


First Nations leaders voice support for $2.8B federal agreement to settle lawsuit on residential schools

Indigenous chiefs and Ottawa announced the agreement in January CBC News: Canadian Press – First Nations leaders are voicing their formal support in Federal Court for a $2.8-billion settlement agreement to a class-action residential schools lawsuit. Former Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc chief Shane Gottfriedson told the Federal Court judge in Vancouver that reaching the settlement with the federal...

January 24, 2023


Métis survivors sue Saskatchewan, Canada over residential school

Class-action suit launched over the Île-à-la-Crosse school in northern Saskatchewan after Métis were left out of previous settlements. Toronto Star: For survivors of one of the oldest residential schools in Canada, it’s been a long time coming. Métis survivors who attended the Île-à-la-Crosse residential school in northern Saskatchewan have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Saskatchewan...

January 23, 2023


Settlement agreement reached for Band class litigation

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada: Taking care: We recognize this news release may contain information that is difficult for many and that our efforts to honour Survivors and families may act as an unwelcome reminder for those who have suffered hardships through generations of government policies that were harmful to Indigenous Peoples. The National Residential...

January 21, 2023


Ottawa announces $2.8 billion to settle remaining part of B.C. day scholar lawsuit

The federal government says it’s come to a $2.8-billion agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by members of a British Columbia Indigenous band who attended residential schools as day scholars. Toronto Star: VANCOUVER – The federal government has come to a $2.8-billion agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by two British Columbia first...

January 19, 2023


‘Major concerns’ were flagged in Indian boarding home system for years, records show

Indigenous students were sent to boarding homes while attending public schools CBC News: In January 1967, the minister of Indian Affairs in Ottawa got a troubling letter from the United Church’s Indian Work Sub-Committee in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Committee members were so concerned by the department’s handling of an expanding boarding home program...

January 11, 2023


As extension period for Indian Day Schools settlement comes to an end, concerns remain

Deadline to submit a claim with an extension form is Jan. 13 at 11:59 PST CBC News: Louise Mayo anticipates busy days ahead as the end of the week approaches, closing the extension period for claims to a national class action settlement for First Nations and Inuit children who suffered harm while attending federally-run Indian...

January 3, 2023


Ottawa, plaintiffs agree to settle ‘Indian boarding homes’ class action

Lawyer estimates deal could be worth $2.2 billion CBC News: The Canadian government and lawyers for survivors have reached an agreement-in-principle to settle a class-action lawsuit over the operation of boarding homes for Indigenous students attending public schools between 1951 and 1992. The federally run program saw an estimated 40,000 Indigenous youth placed in non-Indigenous boarding homes where...

October 20, 2022


Supreme Court will not hear from St. Anne’s residential school survivors

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it will not to hear a case of residential school survivors who have fought a years-long battle against Ottawa to release thousands of records. The group of survivors from St. Anne’s residential school in northern Ontario had looked to the country’s highest court after spending the...

October 5, 2022


Individuals who attended Federal Indian Residential Schools as Day Scholars can apply for a $10,000 compensation payment

… Claimants are encouraged to check the Schedule E Indian Residential Schools List to see if they are eligible before submitting a claim. by Waddell Phillips, Class Counsel in the Indian Residential Schools Day Scholars class action NationTalk: Vancouver, October 5, 2022 – Individuals who attended a Federal Indian Residential School during the day but did not sleep there...

October 5, 2022


Individuals who attended Federal Indian Residential Schools as Day Scholars can apply for a $10,000 compensation payment

… Claimants are encouraged to check the Schedule E Indian Residential Schools List to see if they are eligible before submitting a claim. by Waddell Phillips, Class Counsel in the Indian Residential Schools Day Scholars class action Vancouver– Individuals who attended a Federal Indian Residential School during the day but did not sleep there overnight (“Day Scholars”), are...

July 14, 2022


Anishinabek Nation expresses disappointment in Indian Day School Class Action Settlement deadline

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (July 14, 2022) – The Federal Indian Day School Class Action Settlement closed its application process on July 13, 2022. The Anishinabek Nation expresses disappointment in this decision and the lack of response regarding requests for amendments to both the settlement and claims processes. Survivors, families, and leadership have been continuously requesting...

July 12, 2022


Indian Day School deadline to file could be extended for federal lawsuit claimants

Nunatsiaq News: The deadline to file a claim under the Federal Indian Day School Class Action lawsuit is Wednesday, but some people might be eligible to file late. So far, approximately 150,000 people have filed claims related to their experiences at residential day schools, according to Gowling WLG, the law firm behind the class-action lawsuit....

June 22, 2022


Anishinabek Nation and FSIN call for action on the Indian Day School Class Action Settlement

In a true and honourable act of Truth and Reconciliation, we are calling on the Government of Canada to take the steps necessary to bring Class Council to the table to extend the deadline for the Federal Indian Day school Class Action Settlement and begin important discussions around addressing the additional barriers to equitable justice...

January 4, 2022


Individual Claims Process for Gottfriedson IRS Class Action now open

The individual claims process in the Gottfriedson Indian Residential Schools Day Scholars Class Action settlement is now open. The deadline to submit a claim is October 4, 2023. Each Day Scholar who attended an Indian Residential School during the day only (but did not sleep there overnight) is eligible to apply for a $10,000 Day...

November 1, 2021


Sixties Scoop: Call for federal government to commission a national inquiry

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), and the 60s Scoop Legacy of Canada – MKO, SCO and the 60s Scoop Legacy of Canada are calling on the federal government to commission a national inquiry into the Sixties Scoop and the removal of First Nations children from their communities. Recently, Chiefs of MKO and...

October 25, 2021


St. Anne’s IRS

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) – Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum today called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end Canada’s relentless legal battles against Survivors of the notorious St. Anne’s Indian Residential School and meet with them in the spirt of reconciliation during a press conference in Ottawa: “The Survivors of St. Anne’s Residential...

October 25, 2021


Indian Day Schools

Federal Indian Day Schools Community Support Program re-instituting community visits to facilitate claims submission process. 92,000 survivors, or 72 per cent of claimants, have received their settlements, including nearly 79,000 who were awarded $10,000 each, and more than 13,000 who received higher amounts...

August 19, 2021


Settlement Agreement

 The McLean Day Schools Settlement Corporation is beginning consultations on how to roll out a $200-million fund earmarked for initiatives that support Indian Day School survivors and their families....

August 2, 2021


Call for federal inquiry into actions and policies of governments

CBC – Former Canadian senator Murray Sinclair and a group representing survivors of the Sixties Scoop are calling for a federal inquiry into the actions and policies of governments that led to thousands of Indigenous children being taken from their homes over four decades and placed with non-Indigenous families. The group wants a meeting with federal Crown-Indigenous...

June 30, 2021


Call for a distinctions-based process Métis Residential School survivors

Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak / Women of the Métis Nation (LFMO)– the National Indigenous Women’s Organization representing Métis women across the Métis Nation Motherland, is calling on the Federal Government to commit to a distinctions-based process and supports for Métis Residential School survivors and their families to heal in this unprecedented time of grief and...

June 17, 2021


Detailed timeline of St. Anne’s fight for justice

TVO – The survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School – operated by the Catholic Oblates of Mary Immaculate (who were also responsible for running the Kamloops school) and the Grey Sisters of the Cross – continue their fight with the federal government. On June 3, 2021 NDP leader Jagmeet Singh orders a motion calling for the...

June 7, 2021


Settlement reached with Survivor and Descendant Class Members

Crown-Indigenous Relations – A settlement has been reached with Survivor and Descendant Class Members in the Gottfriedson Indian Residential Schools Day Scholar class action. The settlement agreement combines individual compensation for harms experienced in attending an Indian Residential School as a Day Scholar with forward-looking investments to support healing, wellness, education, language, culture, heritage and...

March 26, 2021


Survivors of St. Anne’s IRS reject Ottawa’s independent review

 Nishnawbe Aski Nation – Survivors of St. Anne’s Residential school are rejecting Ottawa’s independent review announced on March 18, 2021 outright. Canada hasn’t consulted the survivors with any meaningful dialogue on this new process and without their duty to consult in good faith. “We reject Minister Bennett’s offer as it minimizes the rights of survivors and...

March 18, 2021


Independent review of thousands of records

Toronto Star – The federal government has asked for an Independent Review of thousands of documents for St. Anne’s survivors claims...

January 24, 2021


Supreme Court rejects the Archdiocese of St. John’s appeal

CBC – Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeal from the Archdiocese of St. John’s ruling that “The Archdiocese of St. John’s is liable for the abuse at Mount Cashel Orphanage in the 1950s… The case has been snaking its way through the courts for 21 years. The church is now liable to pay the outstanding bills...

January 14, 2021


Supreme Court rejects Archdiocese of St. John’s appeal of Mount Cashel Orphanage ruling

 CBC – Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeal from the Archdiocese of St. John’s ruling that “The Archdiocese of St. John’s is liable for the abuse at Mount Cashel Orphanage in the 1950s… The case has been snaking its way through the courts for 21 years. The church is now liable to pay the outstanding bills...

January 4, 2021


Indian Day Schools

The individual claims process in the Gottfriedson Indian Residential Schools Day Scholars Class Action settlement is now open. The deadline to submit a claim is October 4, 2023. Each Day Scholar who attended an Indian Residential School during the day only (but did not sleep there overnight) is eligible to apply for a $10,000 Day...

December 28, 2020


Supreme Court to determine Catholic Church liability for Christian Brothers

CBC – Supreme Court will decide in January whether The Archdiocese of St. John’s is liable for physical and sexual abuse suffered by Indigenous claimants at the Mount Cashel Orphanage. The Archdiocese of St. John’s claims no ownership over the orphanage, and no affiliation with the brothers who worked there. A Supreme Court of Newfoundland...

December 8, 2020


Call to reinstate the deadlines for the First Nations/Inuit Sixties Scoop settlement agreement

CTV News – A group dedicated to Sixties Scoop survivors is urging the government and representative law firms to reinstate the deadlines for the First Nations/Inuit Sixties Scoop settlement agreement. Katherine Legrange, director of the 60s Scoop Legacy of Canada, wrote a letter to the class counsel on behalf of the group’s board, saying that many...

November 5, 2020


Court rules that fight over documents must be heard in Ontario and not in BC

APTN – Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the residential school fight over documents cannot be transferred to BC but must be heard by an Ontario Superior Court judge citing “access to justice considerations”. The Ontario government, siding with the survivors, argued Perell had overstepped his authority by ordering the B.C. move. The federal...

June 2, 2020


Court order approval for interim payments

The Federal Court of Canada approved an order allowing the Administrator of the Sixties Scoop Class Action (Collectiva) to issue interim payments of $21,000 to all Eligible Class Members. To date, over 12,500 individuals have been deemed eligible for individual payment as part of a national settlement between the Government of Canada and plaintiffs representing...

August 19, 2019


Approval of class-action lawsuit

The Federal Court has approved a nation-wide class action settlement to compensate survivors (approximately 200,000) for harms suffered while attending Federal Indian Day Schools and Federal Day Schools. The settlement includes compensation for eligible Survivor Class Members ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 based on the level of harm experienced as well as the creation of...

May 8, 2019


MOU between Canada and Île-à-la-Crosse Boarding School survivors.

Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) – welcomes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Canada and a steering committee representing Île-à-la-Crosse Boarding School survivors. Survivors and their families were left out of the compensation agreement negotiated in the 1990s and were never compensated for the loss of their culture, language and traditions,...

May 2, 2019


Settlement Agreement reached

Former students who attended Kivalliq Hall from the period of June 12, 1985 to December 3I, 1997, who meet the criteria under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (“IRSSA”), are eligible to apply for compensation in the form of a Common Experience Payment (“CEP”). Canada will start accepting application on May 1st 2019....

March 13, 2019


Settlement range for Indian Day Schools survivors

Feathers of Hope – “The Government of Canada announced a range for the settlement for Indigenous Day School survivors on March 12, 2019. The lack of detail on the process, clarity on the individual adjudication process and the principle of access to legal counsel is sorely missing.  We are calling on the Minister of Indigenous Crown Relations, Carolyn Bennett, to...

March 12, 2019


Proposed settlement agreement reached

Announcement that parties have reached a proposed settlement agreement recognizing the harms suffered by former students of Indian Day Schools. The proposed settlement agreement includes $10,000 in individual compensation for thousands of Indigenous people who suffered harm while attending federally operated Indian Day Schools. Those who experienced physical and sexual abuse are eligible for additional...

March 11, 2019


Launch of engagement sessions for Métis survivors

 Engagement sessions across the Métis Homeland hosted by Métis Nation Governing Members will be held over the next two months for Métis survivors of the ‘Sixties Scoop’. These engagement sessions will help inform the federal government and the Métis Nation in addressing the legacy of the 60s Scoop on the Métis and to reconcile its harmful effects. While the...

December 6, 2018


Agreement-in-Principle

The Agreement-in-Principle includes individual compensation for harms suffered while attending an Indian Day School including cultural harm and physical and sexual abuse. In addition to the individual compensation, the Agreement-in-Principle includes $200 million in funding available to support healing, wellness, education, language, culture and commemoration. Specific details regarding individual compensation will be made available in...

May 10, 2018


Ontario court rules survivors have no rights to documents

Survivors have no right to documents they argued were crucial to compensating them for the horrific abuses they suffered, Ontario’s top court has ruled. However, in its decision this week, the Appeal Court agreed the claimant had no direct tie to the civil litigation materials and the government, therefore, was not obliged to turn them...

May 2, 2018


Government of Canada agrees to negotiate a settlement

Carolyn Bennett on behalf of the Government of Canada, has agreed to enter into negotiations towards a meaningful resolution to the ongoing legal battle between survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School and the federal government....

March 13, 2018


Student on student abuse

The government believes there are some instances where Indian Residential School survivors who suffered abuse at the hands of fellow students may not have received fair compensation. The Government will pursue negotiated settlements with survivors whose claims of student-on-student abuse were previously dismissed or under-compensated....

January 4, 2018


Court rules government can reject use of police and court transcripts as evidence

Ontario Superior court ruled that the federal government could continue to reject the use of police and court transcripts as evidence in student-on-student compensation claims from survivors who attended St. Anne’s Indian Residential School....

December 14, 2017


Government refuses to release former testimony

The government will not release the former testimony collected in the 1990s and has taken the position that all witnesses, must re-testify....

November 24, 2017


Innu Nation refuses Prime Minister apology

The Innu Nation will not accept Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to the province’s residential school survivors. Innu Nation wrote it feels the apology will be too narrow, covering just residential schools. They argue Innu people have also suffered under other institutions, like Mount Cashel Orphanage, and the provincial child protection system which exists today....

November 20, 2017


Pressure to include Métis survivors excluded from settlement

Pressure is mounting on the federal Liberals to compensate Métis people who were taken from their families in the Sixties Scoop, after they were excluded from an $800-million settlement last month. (Winnipeg Free Press)...

October 6, 2017


Settlement “Agreement-in-Principle”

Federal Pan Canadian Settlements The settlement ($800M) “Agreement-in-Principle includes “Indians” (per the Indian Act) and “Inuit” survivors (approximately 20,000) of the Sixties Scoop across Canada, including those who lived on and off reserve, and who were removed from their homes and lost their cultural identities between 1951 and 1991. Settles up to 19 separate lawsuits....

January 23, 2017


Forgotten: The Métis Residential School Experience

“Forgotten: The Métis Residential School Experience” is a new exhibit mounted at the United Way of Winnipeg putting a spotlight on the Métis experience of residential schools in Canada. The exhibit is a series of photographs documenting residential schools in Manitoba and historical markers throughout Métis history....

December 1, 2016


Government only disclosed records of abuse allegations under a court order

Federal Govt. is challenging. Records of a criminal investigation and prosecutions that took place as a result of abuse allegations were only disclosed under court orders in 2014. This secrecy and delay meant other survivors missed out on compensation granted under settlement of a class action related to the residential school system. More than 700...

May 11, 2016


Settlement after being excluded from Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement

$50M settlement after 9 years of litigation after NL was excluded form initial Residential School Settlement Agreement. Students who lived in school residences for less than five years will be eligible for $15,000 in general compensation, while those who lived there five years or more will be eligible for $20,000....

June 2, 2015


TRC Final report fails Métis residential school survivors

In its final report released today, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission fails to address the need for the government of Canada to deal with the survivors of Métis residential schools. “Other than a few of the recommendations that include Métis in proposed actions, we are treated as an afterthought”, said Métis National Council President Clément...

January 14, 2014


Federal government deliberately withheld records from Independent Assessment process

St. Anne’s survivors (about 1,000) have proved that the government filed false reports about child abuse at St. Anne’s. More than 12,000 documents had been in possession of the federal Department of Justice from St. Anne’s survivors about their sexual and severe abuse, but this information was surpressed by the federal government for the Independent...

January, 2009


Start of legal action against Indian Day Schools

Garry McLean started a legal action regarding the forced attendance of Aboriginal students at Indian Day Schools across Canada. This proposed national Class Action is the first of its kind and seeks compensation for the damages and abuses suffered by all Indian Day School students who were forced to attend Indian Day Schools and were...

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