A major step forward in the Day Scholars Class Action was taken on October 24, 2016 with the announcement of the appointment of a Ministerial Special Representative (MSR) for the purpose of negotiating a settlement. The Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, made the announcement appointing Thomas Isaac the MSR at the BC Assembly of First Nations Annual General Meeting.
The appointment of an MSR means that the lawsuit will take a new path forward, as both sides prepare their positions for negotiations. Any settlement that is reached will also have to be reviewed by his Honour, Justice Sean Harrington, who is overseeing the Class Action. While the process will take some time, both sides, as well as the court, are committed to moving quickly to find a solution before more survivors are lost to old age.