Garry McLean, original Lead Plaintiff, and others initiated the Federal Indian Day School Class Action.


After seven years in legal limbo, Mr. McLean engaged Gowling WLG to take over the case.

June 2018

The case was certified with Gowling WLG appointed as Class Counsel.

November 2018

An agreement in principle was reached with Canada.

March 2019

Lead Plaintiffs and Canada signed a settlement agreement. 60-day notice period begins.

May 3, 2019

Deadline for Class Members to file objections or statements in support of the settlement.

May 7, 2019

All statements of support and objection forms were filed with the Court.

May 13-15, 2019

Settlement approval hearings took place in Winnipeg, MB.

August 19, 2019

Federal Court approves the Settlement.

January 13, 2020

Implementation of the Settlement. Survivors are now able to submit claims through the Claims Process.

July 7, 2020

Federal Court appoints Argyle Communications Inc. to assist in the delivery of Notice to Claimants by implementing the Claimant Assistance Program.

July 10, 2020

Federal Court appoints Reva E. Devins as the Independent Assessor for the Claims Process.