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.

Have you submitted a claim prior to January 13, 2023, and have not heard back from the Administrator?

If yes, there may be missing information in your Claim Form. Please contact the Administrator at 1-888-221-2898 as an incomplete Claim Form cannot be assessed.

Please note the Administrator is not accepting new Claim submissions.

What happens now?

Does your claim have missing information?

If so, contact the Claims Administrator at 1.888.221.2898.

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What can I do if the Claims Administrator assessed my claim at a lower level?

See our Reconsiderations and Appeals infographic to learn about the steps to take.

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Looking for a status update?

If so, contact the Claims Administrator at 1.888.221.2898.

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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.


January 14, 2023: The Three-Year Claims Period is Now Closed - The period to file a claim commenced January 13, 2020 and closed on July 13, 2022. A six-month extension was provided, which ended on January 13, 2023. The Claims Administrator is no longer accepting Claims Forms. If you have received a request regarding missing information, submit missing information to the Claims Administrator as soon as… Read More
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

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