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

Claims extension available until 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 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.


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
June 13, 2022: Extension of Claims Process - About 150,000 people have filed their claims, which exceeds the third party actuarial estimates of 120,000 to 140,000 claims. That said, it was anticipated that some people will miss the claims deadline. The Settlement Agreement therefore provides a possible extension period of six (6) months – extending the deadline to January 13, 2023. This date… 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.