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Next federal government will face unresolved class action lawsuits from residential school era – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 18, 201946 Views

Ottawa was in talks to settle one case and headed to trial on another when election called

Sep 18, 2019

Two major unresolved class action cases from the Indian residential school era will face the next government, and may be a test of its commitment to reconciliation, says a lawyer for one group of plaintiffs.

When the federal election was called, the Liberal government was preparing for a legal battle in Federal Court over a certified class action lawsuit filed on behalf of day scholars — students who attended residential schools during the day but went home at night — and over 100 First Nations seeking reparations for the cultural impact of the institutions.

The federal government was also in negotiations to settle a separate certified class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Indigenous students who were put into boarding homes to attend public schools.

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