Indian day school claims process opens

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Nunavummiut who attended a federal Indian day school may be eligible for between $10,000-$200,000, depending on the extent of harm suffered at the institutions during the 1950s-’70s.

It’s estimated that 140,000 Indigenous people across the country, including Inuit, will be eligible to file a claim for compensation after attending an Indian day school in the 1950s-’70s. Library and Archives Canada

The federal government has created a $200-million Legacy Fund that also offers support for families and communities.

The claims process opened Monday. Plaintiffs can either call a toll-free phone line — 1-888-221-2898 — or visit http://www.indiandayschools.com/en/ for assistance in filing a claim.

This process is for those who weren’t eligible for the residential schools settlement because they were able to regularly return home after classes, but still were harmed at these federal schools.

The deadline for plaintiffs to submit forms is July 13, 2022. Those who opt not to participate in this claims process retain the right to file their own lawsuit against the federal government.

There’s also a mental health and emotional support available around the clock at 1-855-242-3310 as well as online chat at hopeforwellness.ca  

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