As per the Order rendered by the Federal Court on January 7, 2020, the Claims Form was approved and Implementation Date was set for January 13, 2010 (today).
The claims process therefore has opened up and survivors can now take the next step 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.
To begin the process, Survivors can visit www.indiandayschools.com or call 1 (888) 221-2898. Call volume is expected to be high in the early part of this stage. Class Members will have two and a half years to submit their claim for compensation. The last day to submit a Claim will be July 13, 2022.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal and mental health supports 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 Class Members 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.
Application forms are available at all MCFN Departments. The MCFN Administration is making arrangements for a representative to attend the Community to assist individuals with completing the application. This date will be announced once confirmed.