Updates & press releases

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The claims process for the Day Scholar Compensation Payment has closed. It is no longer possible to submit a claim.​ The Claims Administrator is processing claims submitted on or before the January 4, 2024 ultimate deadline.

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A timeline of updates and announcements from when the Day Scholars class action was certified until the Ultimate Claims Deadline.

Day Scholars still left out in the cold: Survivors urge Canada to provide fair compensation to Day Scholars now

August 20, 2019 Kamloops, BC – Day Scholars are reacting to yesterday’s news about the court approval of Canada’s Indian Day Schools class-action settlement agreement by questioning why Canada continues to refuse to resolve a similar class action lawsuit brought on behalf of Day Scholars who attended Indian Residential Schools. “Day Scholars” are individuals who […]


Day Scholars Class Action: Federal Court Judge tells Canada to “walk the walk” on reconciliation

Kamloops, BC – In a remarkable court judgment recently released, a Federal Court Judge has blasted Canada for its approach to the Day Scholars Class Action. While the Day Scholars were unsuccessful in their attempt to get a rare and difficult to obtain advanced costs order, Justice Harrington was unsparing in his criticism of Canada’s […]


UBCIC Demands Fair, Equal Compensation for Day Scholars

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – March 12, 2019) A legacy of trauma and devastation inflicted upon Indigenous culture and language continues to be brushed aside by the Canadian government in its refusal to treat Day School survivors on terms equal to other Indian Residential School survivors. Day Scholars attended federally owned and operated Residential Schools during […]


Day Scholars Class Action: Survivors left frustrated and betrayed over Canada’s continued refusal to provide fair and equal compensation for Day Scholars

February 26, 2019 Kamloops, BC – Day Scholars are extremely disheartened to report that negotiations with Canada for fair and equal compensation for Day Scholar survivors of Residential Schools have broken down because the government refuses to deal with Day Scholars survivors on the same terms as other Residential School survivors. Day Scholar survivors now […]



This is the website for the Day Scholars Class Action (Gottfriedson v. Canada) brought on behalf of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who attended Indian Residential Schools during the day, but returned home at night (“Day Scholars”). These students were left out of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The lawsuit seeks compensation for the […]


Update on Day Scholars Class Action: Survivors urge Canada to Provide Fair Compensation to Day Scholars Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10th, 2018  Download PDF Kamloops, BC – Day Scholars reacted to news that Canada has entered into a settlement agreement regarding the Indian Day Schools class-action lawsuit by questioning why Canada has not yet resolved a similar class action lawsuit brought on behalf of Day Scholars who attended Indian Residential Schools. […]


Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, Sechelt First Nations and James Bay Cree Day Scholar Update

Download PDF INCLUDE the EXCLUDED! Focus on fixing the problem is the mandate of Day Scholar Executive. How do we fix 70 years of damages that the residential schools inflicted upon our Day Scholars, on our Bands and on our communities and families? The Day Scholar Executive Committee is focused on “fixing the problem”, to […]


Press Release, October 10th, 2017: MOU Signed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vancouver, October 10, 2017 Download PDF A significant step forward in the Day Scholars litigation has occurred with the signing of a “Memorandum of Understanding” between the Canadian Government and the First Nations’ Plaintiffs. The memorandum commits the government and the First Nations to resolve this litigation without resorting back to the […]


Day Scholar Community Update: July 2017

July Update from the Day Scholar Coordinator…


Update from Coordinator: July 4th, 2017

Download Powerpoint Presentation (Day Scholar Certified Class Action Update July, 2017) The Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, Sechelt First Nations and the James Bay Cree Certified Day Scholars are currently: Involved in Exploratory Discussions with Canada TteS, SFN &JBC will continue to move toward a negotiations process with Canada As to date we have not Settled the […]