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New Gord Downie work devoted to First Nations boy who died running away from residential school

2016-09-09 | A 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died from hunger and exposure after trying to find his way home from a residential school is the inspiration behind a new project from Gord Downie. details

Sixties Scoop survivors’ day in court finally arrives Tuesday

2016-08-22 | Indigenous Canadians taken from their homes and their culture suing Ottawa, decades later, over the federal government’s duty to them. Thousands of children taken from their homes. A lost cultural identity. A painful, but little-known or -understood chapter in Canada’s history. details

Gala Fundraising Event for the Day Scholars, daytime Residentail School Survivors

2016-04-15 | The event was elegant, the food magnificent and the audience dressed in finery. The fundraiser Gala was supported by industry, individuals and the community with enormous thanks to the Squamish Nation for their generous contributions to the pursuit of justice for Canadian Day Scholars, survivors of the residential school regime. details

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Gord Downie - The Secret Path [Official Film Trailer] | 2016-09-09

Day Scholars Class Action Fundraiser Gala Event | 2016-04-21

Very Imformative video on Residential Schooling | 2016-04-13

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Key Contacts

For more information, please contact:

Jo-Anne Gottfriedson, TteS Day Scholar Coordinator
200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way
Kamloops, BC V2H 1H1
E: jo-anne.gottfriedson@kib.ca
W: www.tkemlups.ca

Garry Feschuk, Hereditary Chief/Councilor
P.O. Box 740, 5555 Sunshine Coast Highway, Sechelt, BC, Canada, V0N 3A0
Shíshálh Nation
E: gfeschuk@secheltnation.net
W: www.shishalh.com

Karenna Williams, Peter Grant & Associates
900-777 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1S4
E: kwilliams@grantnativelaw.com
W: www.grantnativelaw.com

Patric Senson, Phillips Gill LLP
Toronto Ont
E: patric@legaladvocates.ca
W: www.legaladvocates.ca

Photos from Recent Class Action Developments

Justice for Day Scholars: Former Students at Indian Residential Schools
Justice for Day Scholars: Former Students at Indian Residential Schools
Justice for Day Scholars: Former Students at Indian Residential Schools
Justice for Day Scholars: Former Students at Indian Residential Schools
Justice for Day Scholars: Former Students at Indian Residential Schools
Justice for Day Scholars: Former Students at Indian Residential Schools

Kamloops & Sechelt Indian Bands - Together We Will Achieve Justice For Our Day Scholars

Class Action claim filed in Federal Court on August 15, 2012. The lawsuit aims to close a gap in which thousands of daytime students at residential schools -- which operated from roughly 1874 until 1996 -- were denied monetary compensation in the government's 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) in the same manner as students residing in the schools. While the so-called "day scholars" could apply for individual assessment for abuses experienced in school, they were excluded from "common experience" compensation for having attended.

On June 3, 2015, Federal Court in Vancouver certified residential school "Day Scholars" class-action lawsuit.

Residential schools were boarding schools operated by the Canadian government as part of its "aggressive assimilation" policy which sought to assimilate aboriginal children into mainstream European Canadian society by adopting Christianity and speaking English or French. Canada's residential schools are marred by countless allegations of sexual, emotional and physical abuse of aboriginal children by staff. 150,000 aboriginal, Inuit and Métis children were forced to attend a recorded 130 residential schools across Canada between 1874 to 1996.

New research has found at least 3,000 children are now known to have died during attendance at Canada's disgraced Indian residential schools.

94 First Nations that have Chosen to Opt In to the "Day Scholars" Class-Action Lawsuit

  • Tk’emlups Te Secwepemc ( Kamloops First Nation)
  • shíshálh (Sechelt First Nation)
  • Dininu K’ue First Nation
  • Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
  • Liidlii Kue First Nation
  • Deh Gah Got’ie First Nation
  • Nahanni Butte First Nation
  • Deline First Nation
  • Waywayseecappo First Nation
  • Williams Lake First Nation
  • Saddle Lake Cree Nation
  • Cat Lake First Nation
  • Piikani First Nation
  • Onion Lake First Nation
  • Neskonlith First Nation
  • Smith’s Landing First Nation
  • Cowessess First Nation
  • Sliammon First Nation
  • Soowahlie First Nation
  • Penelakut Tribe
  • Musqueam First Nation
  • Adams Lake First Nation
  • Halalt First Nation
  • Kahkewistahaw First Nation 
  • Homalco First Nation
  • Fort Alexander First Nation (Sagkeeng)
  • Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani Utenam Nation
  • Cree Nation of Chisasibi  
  • Squamish First Nation
  • St’ailes First Nation
  • Cowichan Tribes
  • Ulkatcho First Nation
  • Skeetchestn First Nation
  • Okanagan First Nation  
  • Bonaparte First Nation
  • Simpcw First Nation
  • Red Bluff First Nation
  • Yekooche First Nation
  • Nadleh Whut’en First Nation
  • Stellat’en First Nation
  • Tseshaht First Nation
  • Gitxaala First Nation
  • Nakazdli First Nation
  • Tla-oqu-aht First Nation
  • Leq’a:mel First Nation
  • Haisla Nation First Nation
  • Nazko First Nation
  • Da’naxda’xw/Awaetala Nation
  • Nisga’a Village of New Aiyansh
  • Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • Chawathil First Nation
  • Siksiska Nation
  • Ermineskin Tribe
  • Blood Tribe
  • Samson Cree Nation
  • Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation
  • Stoney First Nation
  • Louis Bull Tribe
  • Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
  • Horse Lake First Nation
  • Whitefish Lake First Nation
  • Keeseekoose First Nation
  • Key First Nation
  • Cote First Nation
  • Carry the Kettle First Nation
  • Pine Creek First Nation
  • Norway House First Nation
  • Bloodvein River First Nation
  • St. Theresa Point First Nation
  • Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation
  • Long Plain First Nation
  • Swan Lake First Nation
  • Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation
  • Aroland First Nation
  • Moose Cree First Nation
  • Naotkamegwanning First Nation
  • Oneida Nation of the Thames
  • Alderville First Nation
  • Fort Albandy First Nation
  • Naicatchewenin First Nation
  • Pikangikum First Nation
  • Grassy Roots Narrows First Nation
  • MoCreebec Eeyoud Council of the Cree
  • Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
  • Ojibways of Ongaming First Nation
  • Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani Utenam
  • Cree Natin Chisasibi First Nation
  • Cree Nation of Mistissini
  • Conseil Des Innu De Ekuanitshit
  • Cree Nation of Wemindji
  • Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan
  • Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government
  • Cree Nation of Nemaska
  • Sipekne’katik Band