Compensation claims opening date set for Indian Day School class action lawsuit

Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya. (File photo/CKLB).

Updated: January 13, 2020 with additional information.

Indian Day School survivors can start submitting compensation claims today.

There are five levels of claims ranging in compensation from $10,000 to $200,000.

An estimated 140,000 day school survivors are eligible for compensation.

Gowling WLG is the law firm handling the class action suit. A spokesperson said there is still no time frame for when claimants will receive their compensation after submitting their form.

“We aim to process claims as they come in, and distribute compensation as fast as possible to all survivors,” they said in an email.

The court-approved claim form is now available on the class action lawsuit’s website: For anyone claiming higher levels of compensation, the form requires them to write out the events of verbal, physical and/or sexual violence; and have evidence of day school attendance. For the highest levels of compensation (four and five), claimants must also name the perpetrators of the violence, have the incidents corroborated by friends and family and have medical records supporting the claim of violence. If claimants do not have access to theses types of records, they must complete a sworn declaration.

The compensation claim period will last two and a half years, until July 13, 2022.

The deadline was amended last summer after claimants said one year would not be enough to submit the required paperwork.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.