Indian Day School class-action lawsuit support in Kenora today and tomorrow

Indian Day School survivors who wish to join the statewide class action lawsuit against Canada will have the opportunity today and tomorrow to seek help filing a claim from the Federal Indian Day School Community Support Program.

The Federal Indian Day School Community Support Program is offered today and tomorrow at the 7 Generations Education Institute in free one-on-one sessions to help applicants navigate the application process.

The class action lawsuit was initiated by Garry McLean in 2009 and it took nearly a decade for federal courts to approve a settlement that compensated survivors for the harm they suffered while attending state-run Indian day schools

To ensure safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must book their appointments in advance. The deadline for submitting applications is July 2022.

Nearly 200,000 Indian children of the First Nations, Inuit, Métis and without status attend 699 Indian Day Schools nationwide, which were founded by the Canadian government in 1920, including two Indian Day Schools in the Kenora area.

St. Mary’s School opened on September 1, 1968 and closed on June 30, 1972, and a school in Wauzhushk Onigum opened on September 1, 1954 and closed on June 30, 1966.

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