Important Deadline Approaching: Band Reparations Class Action – JFK Law

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Important Deadline Approaching: Band Reparations Class Action – JFK Law

by ahnationtalk on May 5, 202245 Views

May 5th, 2022

This blog is about an ongoing residential schools class action claim open to Indigenous groups (“Bands”)[1]. The deadline to join the class action is MAY 31, 2022.

Indian Day Schools Class Action

The Indian Residential School Day Scholars Class Action (Gottfriedson v Canada, Federal Court File No. T-1542-12) was originally brought on behalf of Day Scholars and their descendants. Day Scholars are students who attended Indian Residential Schools during the day but who did not stay overnight. The lawsuit has been amended and now includes a class for Bands (the “Band Class”) in addition to the Individual Day Scholars Class (the “Individual Class”). The lawsuit claims that Indian Residential Schools destroyed language and culture, violated cultural and linguistic rights, and caused psychological harms to members in both classes.

On September 24, 2021, a Federal Court judge approved a settlement agreement for the Individual Class. The Band Class claims are moving towards trial regardless of the settlement agreement. The deadline for Bands to make a decision about joining the class action is quickly approaching (May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm PST).

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