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Press Release: TK’emlúps te Secwepemc and the shíshálh Nation are pleased to announce that we are a certified day scholar class action

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TK’emlúps te Secwepemc and the shíshálh Nation are pleased to announce that we are a certified day scholar class action which has strong support all across Canada. 94 separate bands have come forward to be included in the lawsuit representing every province where an Indian Residential School was located.

Launched in 2012 by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and shíshálh Indian Bands, the Day Scholars Class Action lawsuit seeks compensation on behalf of all Aboriginal Canadians who attended an Indian Residential School, but who did not sleep there. The two Bands also seek declarations regarding Canada’s role in the failure to protect Aboriginal language and culture, and looks for compensation for the children of survivors, and the bands to which survivors belong.

Canada has, for several years now, recognized and admitted that the Indian Residential Schools had a profound impact not just on those who resided at the schools, but also on their communities and families. This lawsuit aims ensure that every day scholar, their descendents and the 94 Bands that opted into our class action obtain compensation more importantly justice.
Currently no formal application process is in place however, the Ttes and SN Day Scholar Executive are requesting each band to start their own data base which will help determine the number of day scholars and their descendents there are within their own nation as well as across Canada. We are requesting each nation to do their own research and provide us the information by July 30,2016. For your convenience we have attached a guide line that may be helpful in your research.

Ttes and SN will continue to move the lawsuit forward, while continuing to reach out to Canada in hopes of reaching a true reconciliation.

For more information please contact:

Jo-Anne Gottfriedson
Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Day Scholar Co- Chair & Coordinator
200-300 Chief Alex Thomas Way
Kamloops, British Columbia , Canada V2H1H1
Phone: 250-828-9788
Fax:250-372-8833 Email: jo-anne.gottfriedson@kib.ca

Hereditary Chief Garry Feschuk
Sechelt Nation Counsellor
5545 Sunshine Coast Highway
Sechelt, British Columbia ,Canada V0N3A0
Phone: 603-885-2273
Fax: 604-885-3490
Email: gfeschuk@secheltnation.net

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