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Claims process now open for Indian Residential Schools Day Scholars


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NEWS supplied by Waddell Phillips, Class Counsel within the Indian Residential Schools Day Scholars class motion

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Jan 04, 2022  •  15 minutes in the past  •  3 minute learn  • 

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The particular person claims course of within the Gottfriedson Indian Residential Schools Day Scholars Class Action settlement is now open. The deadline to submit a declare is October 4, 2023.

Each Day Scholar who attended an Indian Residential School throughout the day solely (however didn’t sleep there in a single day) is eligible to use for a $10,000 Day Scholar Compensation Payment. For a full record of Indian Residential Schools that had or might need had Day Scholars and are included within the settlement see: http://www.justicefordayscholars.com/schools-lists/

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In instances the place the Day Scholar died on or after May 30, 2005, the deceased Day Scholar’s property might apply for the Day Scholar Compensation Payment. Claims could also be made by the property Executor/Administrator/Trustee/Liquidator, or if none is appointed, the deceased Day Scholar’s highest precedence inheritor.

Claim kinds might be accomplished and submitted on-line at: http://www.dayscholarsclaims.com

Paper variations of the declare kinds might be requested from the Claims Administrator at 1-877-877-5786 or [email protected] . The declare kinds require fundamental info solely and don’t require claimants to supply details about their experiences at Indian Residential Schools. For help with filling out a Claim Form, contact the Claims Administrator at 1-877-877-5786.

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If you need assistance figuring out if you’re eligible for compensation, or have some other questions relating to the category motion and settlement, please contact Class Counsel at [email protected] or name 1-888-222-6845.

The settlement additionally gives $50 million for a Day Scholars Revitalization Fund established to help therapeutic, wellness, training, language, tradition, and commemoration for the profit Day Scholar Survivors and their Descendants. The Fund might be administered by an unbiased Day Scholars Revitalization Society, which is at the moment being established. The course of for making use of for funding from the Day Scholars Revitalization Fund has not but been set, and might be accessible from the Day Scholars Revitalization Society as soon as established.

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Mental well being counselling and disaster help  is obtainable to Class Members 24 hours a day, 7 days every week by the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419, and Hope for Wellness Hotline at 1-855-242-3310 or on-line at  www.hopeforwellness.ca . Counselling is obtainable in English, French, Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut, on request. 

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Diena Jules, Day Scholar and Survivor Class Representative Plaintiff,
Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc: “Today is an historic day. After having been left behind for so many years, the experiences of students who attended Residential Schools as Day Scholars are finally being recognized, and Day Scholars can finally apply for compensation. I encourage all of my fellow Day Scholars to apply as soon as possible.”

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Charlotte Gilbert,
Day Scholar and Survivor Class Representative Plaintiff,
Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc
“The road to healing is long, and this is just one step along the way, but it is an important one. I am so glad that Day Scholars no longer have to wait to apply for compensation. Day Scholars also suffered at the Residential Schools and we are glad to finally see this recognition 14 years after the Residential School Settlement.”

Councillor Selina August, shíshálh Nation:
“Ever since Day Scholars were excluded from the common experience payment of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement in 2005, Day Scholars from our community have been advocating for justice. shíshálh Nation is proud to have supported Day Scholars along with Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc and the Grand Council of the Crees in their struggle to include the excluded. I have been honoured to work on this file in various capacities, including with Garry Feschuk (hiwus akista) when he first joined forces with Chief Shane Gottfriedson of Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc, and later as a Councillor. As a member of the Descendant Class myself, I have grown very passionate about attaining justice for Day Scholars. I thank the Day Scholars and particularly the Representative Plaintiffs who took on the burden of this fight on behalf of Day Scholars across Canada.”

Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir, Elected Chief/Kúkpi7 of
Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc:

“I am proud that Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc, together with shíshálh Nation and the Grand Council of the Crees has championed the cause of Day Scholars over their ten year battle for recognition. It was wrong that Day Scholars were excluded from the common experience payment of Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, and we are glad that today they finally they are able to apply for compensation.”

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Titilayo Ajibose
437-788-2120
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