Indian Day School Settlement

Apply for Compensation
Download the application form – with instructions & FAQS

McLean v Canada is a Class Action lawsuit against the Canadian government for the abuses suffered by students who were forced to attend ‘Indian Day Schools’ across Canada after 1920. This is the national Class Action seeking compensation for Indian Day School students and their families.

If you attended an Indian Day school and would like to be compensated as part of this class action, you must fill out an application form.

On August 19, 2019, the Federal Court approved the Settlement Agreement to compensate survivors for the harms suffered while attending Federal Indian Day Schools and Federal Day Schools. The settlement includes compensation for eligible Survivor Class Members ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 based on the level of harm experienced as well as the creation of a $200 million Legacy Fund to support commemoration projects, health and wellness projects, and language and culture initiatives.

The claims process begins November 19, 2019 pending the Claims Administrator opening up the Claims Process.

Download the application form – with instructions & FAQS

For more information about the Settlement and the Claims process please visit:

Facebook: @McLeanClassAction
Twitter:  @IndianDaySchool

You may also contact:

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
160 Elgin Street, Suite 2600
Ottawa, ON K1P 1C3
Toll Free Number: 1 (844) 539-3815
Fax Number: 1 (613) 788-3629

More information about the Indian Day School Class Action and Compensation:


Need help filling out your Indian Day School claim form?

HNC staff can help.

While HNC offices are closed, HNC Social Worker Renata Moore is available by phone to help with online claim forms. She has copies of the forms and will go over them on the phone with you. Call Renata at: 250-279-1111.

Please note, Renata is available in case anyone wants to complete their forms now. Forms will be accepted until July 2022. So this does not need to be done immediately.

Once HNC offices resume normal business operations…

Appointments are available on FRIDAYS.

To make an appointment, call or email:
Sue Smith, 1-88-842-4752 ext 106,
Rhonda Schulmeister, 1-88-842-4752  ext 102,
Renata Moore, 1-88-842-4752ext 305, rmoore@haisla.a

Sue and Rhonda can help with level 1 claim forms. Renata can help with level 1, and as much as possible with levels 2-4. Appointments are about an hour long. Bring ID with you.