Official Website of the Federal Indian Day School Class Action

Federal Indian Day School Class Action

This is the Class Counsel website for Federal Indian Day School Class Members. This 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 excluded from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

Class Members can now apply for an extension until January 13, 2023, by submitting an Extension Request Form. It is recommended you submit your Claim Form together with your Extension Request Form, but Class Members may seek an extension prior to submitting their Claim Form. Find out if you are eligible for compensation and how you can submit a claim. 

This may be an important step in your healing journey.

Extension Request Form and Claim Form due by: January 13, 2023 at 11:59 PST

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Claims extension available until January 13, 2023.

The Claims Administrator will NOT accept any forms after January 13, 2023.

Getting Started

Who can submit?

Eligible individuals include those who attended one of the identified Federal Indian Day Schools or Federal Day Schools and experienced harm. Check the List of Federal Day Schools (Schedule K) to find out more.

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How do I submit a claim?

Eligible individuals can complete an Extension Request Form and a Claim Form and file them with the with the Claims Administrator. Help is available to support you in this process.

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What is the claims process?

The Claims Process involves mandatory tasks that need to be completed and submitted to the Claims Administrator. Find out what steps you need to take and what to expect along the way.

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Garry Leslie McLean (1951-2019)

Garry McLean served as the lead plaintiff in this case since its inception. Garry was a fierce advocate for Indian Day School Survivors and their families. He worked tirelessly on their behalf. Even in his last few days, he remained engaged in the case and pushed for its progress.

We remain committed to helping Indian Day School survivors achieve justice for the harms they experienced. Garry has taught us much about this work being carried forward to resolution and reconciliation. We will miss his support, friendship, grace and gentle humour.


November 15, 2022: Missing Information Must Be Submitted to the Claims Administrator - Incomplete information in your Claim Form will lead to delays or even a possible ineligibility decision. You must submit any missing or clarifying information to the Claims Administrator as soon as possible. Below is a list of common issues that lead to delays (or ineligibility) in the Claim Form review process: Estate claim is missing… Read More
September 23, 2022: Claims by Estate Representatives - If you submit a claim on behalf of a deceased class member who attended an eligible Federal Indian Day School and died on or after July 31, 2007, then you must include certain documents showing that you have legal authority to act on behalf of the deceased’s estate. The exact documents you will need to… Read More
July 12, 2022: Extension Request Form Now Available - The Extension Request Form is now available for Class Members who miss the July 13, 2022 claims deadline. Read More

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Support with the claims process

If you would like support filling out your Claim Form, or need other legal assistance or wellness support related to your claim, help is available.