Making a claim
To receive a Day Scholar Compensation Payment, a Survivor Class Member must submit a Claim Form to the Claims Administrator prior to the Claims Deadline on October 4, 2023.
Claims can be completed and submitted entirely online at www.dayscholarsclaims.com
Class Members who prefer to complete a paper claims form should contact the Claims Administrator (Deloitte) to request that a paper claims form be mailed to them. The Claims Administrator can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-877-5786 (Monday – Friday, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST)
Class Members who complete paper forms will have to mail or fax their completed claims form directly to the Claims Administrator. Only one Claims Form should be submitted. Submitting multiple claims forms may lead to processing delays.
Detailed instructions on how to make a claim will be included within the Claims Form. Class Members will only need to answer questions within the simple claim form and will not need to provide additional information about their experiences at Indian Residential Schools (“IRS”).
It’s important that Class Members fill out the forms carefully and provide all the information asked for. Any forms with incomplete information will lead to delays in processing time. Valid claims for living Day Scholars will be paid as quickly as possible. Claims Forms completed online will be processed more quickly.
In cases where the Survivor Class Member has died since May 30, 2005, their estate administrator, executor, trustee or liquidator, or, if none has been appointed, their highest priority heir can claim the $10,000 Day Scholars Compensation Payment by submitting an Estate Claim Form to the Claims Administrator.
In cases where the estate has an executor, administrator, trustee or liquidator (for example, because one was named in a will, or appointed by a court), that person may make a claim on behalf of the estate. If there is no estate executor, administrator, trustee or liquidator, the highest priority heir can make a claim.
The priority level of heirs follows the distribution of property in cases where someone covered by the provisions of the Indian Act dies without a will and is as follows (from highest to lowest priority):
- surviving spouse;
- common-law or de facto partner;
- siblings; and
- children of siblings.
In cases where there is more than one heir of the same priority level, those heirs must choose one heir to make a claim on behalf of all of them.
If you are making an Estate Claim as the highest priority heir of a deceased Day Scholar who was alive on May 30, 2005, your claim will not be assessed until the end of the claim period to make sure that no claim has been brought by a validly appointed estate executor, administrator, trustee or liquidator, or by an heir of the same or higher priority.
The Claims Deadline is October 4, 2023. You must deliver your claim form by the Claims Deadline in order to ensure that your claim is processed.