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.

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.

Claim Due By: July 13, 2022

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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 a Class Registration, and then complete and file the Claim Form 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 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 7, 2022: DEADLINE APPROACHING TO FILE CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION - Claimants have until July 13, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST to file a claim for compensation. The Claims Administrator must receive a completed Claim Form: by email or fax with an electronic system-generated date stamp of no later than July 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST; or by regular mail or courier postmarked by Canada… Read More
July 1, 2021: Canada Day – A Day of Reflection - In support of Indigenous communities across Canada, Class Counsel encourages reflection to honour the victims of Indian Residential Schools and Indian Day Schools. The trauma and grief of these schools continues to be felt. If you need to talk, you can call the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 or the Hope for Wellness Helpline… Read More
March 31, 2021 – Reconsideration Timelines - Class Counsel would like to remind Claimants who have received Level Down assessments that they are able to apply for a Reconsideration through the Claims Administrator. We understand that receiving this decision might have taken a long time, but please know that timelines for Reconsideration responses are generally much shorter. If you accept a Level… 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.