Just Ask Angie: How the Resource Center Can Help Federal Indian Day School Applicants

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Q: Can the Resource Center assist Federal Indian Day School applicants?

A: As many of you may know, for those who attended Federal Indian Day Schools, the deadline to seek compensation in the class action is Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

As the federal government states on its website, a person can apply if they “attended an Indian Day School which was established, funded, controlled and operated by the Government of Canada from January 1, 1920 to the date closure or transfer”. under the control of Canada and have suffered harm as a result of their participation.

The www.indiandayschools.com website is where to find the claim form, important contact details and many other resources.

Claim amounts range from $10,000 to $200,000 depending on the level of harm suffered by a person. School records are not required to be included in Tier 1 claims (the claims for the lowest amount of compensation). For levels 2-5, it is important to note that if you cannot obtain school records, you can provide an affidavit as part of your claim form.

For more information, questions, or assistance, call the Complaints Hotline, operated by Deloitte, the third-party administrator, at 1-888-221-2898. For legal questions, you can reach class counsel at 1-844-539-3815.

Locally, our (free) attorney Ken Carson (who works in our Resource Center office) is available to help people complete their applications or navigate the process if necessary. He has experience in handling these claims. To make an appointment with him, call 604-989-5771 or email [email protected]

The Hope for Wellness Line is, as always, available for mental health and wellness support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-855-242-3310 or contact an advisor by online chat at www.hopeforwellness.ca You can seek advice in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.

Angie Theilmann is an Information and Referral Specialist at the Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, your community information centre. The Resource Center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are recommended to ensure we are available to help you. Contact us: [email protected] or 604-885-4088.

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