The Band Reparations Class Action is a settlement claim that can be applied for by First Nations Communities that:
- had members who attended residential school – whether overnight or during the day, or
- had a residential school located on its reserve.
The representative plaintiff Bands in the class action, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Indian Band and shishalh Band are suing the Government of Canada claiming that it is responsible for damages to the Bands arising from Indian Residential Schools, and in particular, the collective harm suffered by Bands due to loss of language and culture. The case is currently scheduled to go to trial in September 2022.
If your community wants to become a member of the Class your First Nation will need to “opt-in”. To opt-in, a person with authority to bind the First Nation must complete the Opt-In Form included with this notice and return it to Class counsel by the Opt-In Deadline. The Opt-In Form must identify your Band’s name, the name and position of the person opting-in for the First Nation, and the basis upon which the First Nation claims entitlement to opt-in. Specifically, the First Nation must identify either an IRS that was located in the community, or simply identify an individual community member who attended an IRS.
The list of eligible residential schools for this claim, can be found here.
The opt-in deadline for First Nations Communities to join the Band Reparations Class Action is fast approaching. Apply by May 31, 2022.
For more information:
- Visit: www.justicefordayscholars.com/band-class
- Or contact: Cory Wanless at (647) 261-4486 or [email protected]
Please note: The Band Reparations Class Action is separate from the class action that individuals that attended Indian Day Schools can apply for. For more information on claims that can be filled by individuals, or to see if you’re eligible for compensation, please visit: