Students who suffered harms attending federally operated Indian Day Schools will be able to submit claims for compensation beginning next week. This includes 8 Schools in the Yukon.
The national settlement includes more than 120 thousand former Indian Day school students who can beginning submitting claims starting the 13th of January. Claims will be accepted up until July 13, 2022, and claimants are eligible for between $10,000 and $200,000 depending on the abuse suffered.
The lawsuit was started by Garry McLean of Manitoba who sued the government for 15 billion on behalf od students left out of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. As a result of that lawsuit former students are eligible to collect compensation. A $200 million legacy fund is also being established for wellness and healing initiatives.
In the Yukon there are 8 Day schools listed in the class action. Those schools are:
- Burwash Landing Day School (1945 until 1951)
- Champagne Landing (1910 until 1946)
- Little Salmon (1914 until 1955)
- Mayo (1947 until 1965)
- Moosehide (1911 until 1957)
- Old Crow Village (1917 until 1963 with some gaps)
- Ross River (1916 until 1934 with some gaps)
- Teslin Lake (1908 until 1949 with some gaps)
Attendees of these Indian Day Schools are eligible to submit claims in the national settlement. Claims can be made online at www.indiandayschool.com