This is the official website of the Federal Indian Day School Class Action.
For any questions about the Claim Form or Claims Process, call 1 (888) 221-2898.
Download the Claim Form here.
Claimants are reminded that the deadline to submit a Claim Form is July 13, 2022.
We encourage Class Members to follow these steps before submitting a claim:
- Review the entire Claim Form, including the levels outlined in the Harms Grid, before getting started.
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions page on indiandayschools.com and on the Claims Administrator’s page.
- Watch our video that walks through the Claim Form step-by-step, and outlines what is required for each section. Gather the appropriate documents, if required.
- Attend an online Claim Form Workshop where lawyers will walk through the Claim Form and answer any questions. Sign up for a workshop at indiandayschools.com.
- Seek legal advice from Class Counsel at 1-844-539-3815 or by email at email@example.com. We are here to review narratives, advise on level selection, and help fill out the Claim Form at no cost.
Please note 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.
The Claims Administrator continues to accept and process all Claim Forms. Timelines for claims processing and payments are not expected to be impacted due to COVID-19. We recommend new claims be faxed or emailed at this time.
As part of Class Counsel’s ongoing response to COVID 19, Community Assistance Sessions will be delivered by video conference starting April 8, 2020. These sessions will provide Claimants with information about the Claims Process and how to complete the Claim Form.
All participants are encouraged to register for the session tailored to their region. The full Community Assistance Session schedule and registration links are available here.
In response to the pandemic outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Gowling WLG is cancelling all Community Assistance Sessions until further notice to prevent spread of the virus.
We recognize that many claimants are elders living in remote communities, and bringing everyone together creates a possible risk of exposure. Our team will continue to monitor the situation and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange video conference presentations and virtual legal support for your community, or would like one-on-one support filling out your Claim Form, please call Class Counsel at 1-844-539-3815 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors have been asking why information provided during the registration form process must be provided again with Claim Forms.
The registration form is independent from the claims process. Registration forms were only used to include Survivors within the class action as part of the opt-in process.
All Survivors are encouraged to complete a Claim Form for compensation and provide as much information as possible, including the narrative and any supporting documentation to verify level of compensation.
If you have any questions or require support through the claims process, please call the Claims Administrator at 1-888-221-2898.
We are hearing that Survivors are being contacted by individuals posing as representatives from Gowling or Deloitte and asking for Survivors‘ banking information. This is a scam.
Gowling and Deloitte are not asking for and do not need this information from you. In respect of the Indian Day School Claims Process, do not give out your personal banking information.
If you have any questions at all about compensation, please call Deloitte, the Claims Administrator, directly: 1 (888) 221-2898.
The Indian Day School Settlement Claims Process is now open for Survivors who suffered harms while attending Federal Indian Day Schools and Federal Day Schools. Survivors can now take the next step in their journey by submitting a claim for compensation.
What Does this Mean for Class Members
To get started, Survivors can complete the Claim Form or call 1 (888) 221-2898. Class Members will have two and a half years to submit their claims for compensation. The last day to submit a claim will be July 13, 2022.
What are the Next Steps
The completed Claim Forms 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: email@example.com
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 people 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.
We have heard Survivors need to review the Claim Form to prepare their submission.
The Court-approved Claim Form will be available on January 13th through this link: https://indiandayschools.com/en/documents/. At this time, we will have the following supports available:
- Support from the Claims Administrator (1-888-221-2898 – starting Monday, January 13, 2020)
- Legal support from Gowling WLG (1-844-539-3815)
- Mental health and emotional support available 24/7 through the toll-free Hope for Wellness Help Line (1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca)
Survivors will have until the deadline of July 13, 2022 to complete and submit claims for compensation.
Please call or email us with any questions.
The Federal Court has confirmed that Class Members in the Federal Indian Day School Settlement will be able to submit claims for compensation beginning January 13, 2020.
Survivors will have until the deadline of July 13, 2022 to complete and submit the Claim Form once the Claims Process begins.
More information will be available by end of week on how Survivors can access and submit the Court-approved Claim Form.
If you have any questions or require support, please call or email us.
On December 18, Class Counsel received a letter on behalf of Chief Paul-Émile Ottawa from his lawyer. The letter states Chief Ottawa does not intend to challenge the Federal Court of Appeal’s dismissal of his first appeal. It also expresses his intent to discontinue his second appeal.
This is a positive step forward for Survivors in allowing the settlement to proceed. Class Counsel is now in communication with the Federal Court on next steps for opening the Claims Process.
What does this mean for submitting a claim?
Class Counsel are confident we can now begin to move on towards implementation however we don’t have the official date for when claims can be submitted.
Based on conversations with the Federal Court, Class Counsel anticipates the claims process will open very early in the new year. When the implementation date is announced, the approved Claim Form will be made available. Survivors will then have 2.5 years from the implementation date to submit a claim.
We will update you when the implementation date is confirmed and information on submitting a claim becomes available. Should you have any questions or require support, please feel free to call or email us.