We understand it can be frustrating to receive a dismissal letter. The dismissal letter means that the Claims Administrator has assessed your Claim and found that the eligibility criteria has not been met.

If your Claim was dismissed because it was in relation to a school that is not a Federal Indian Residential School listed on Schedule E, or is on behalf of an individual who died before May 30, 2005, there are no further steps – the Claim is not eligible.

However, if your Claim is denied for any other reason, you have a right to seek reconsideration and there are a number of steps you can take based on the reason for dismissal. For guidance, you need to contact Class Counsel, Waddell Phillips, at 1-888-846-5538 or by email at reconsideration@waddellphillips.ca no later than 45 days after you receive the letter.

Class Counsel will assist you in preparing your Notice of Intent to seek reconsideration at no cost to you. Your Notice of Intent must be delivered to the Independent Reviewer no more than 60 days after the date of the eligibility decision letter received.

If you choose to seek alternative legal counsel for reconsideration, this will be at your own cost, and you will need to provide information received from the Administrator to your lawyer.