Are you part of the Sixties Scoop class litigation?
Learn about the proposed settlement for resolving Sixties Scoop litigation.
A final settlement agreement was signed on November 30, 2017 by Canada and Sixties Scoop class counsel.
On January 20, 2018 details of the proposed settlement became public.
In May 2018, the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court will consider whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the class members. In addition to counsel, the Courts will also hear from any class members who wish to comment on the proposed settlement. More information is available on the Sixties Scoop settlement website.
Background on the proposed settlement
In August 2017, the Government of Canada and representatives of the plaintiffs signed an Agreement-in-Principle aimed at resolving Sixties Scoop litigation. The agreement-in-principle includes Status Indians and Inuit. A final agreement was signed on November 30, 2017.
Through this proposed settlement, Canada is resolving the issues raised by Status Indians and Inuit; however, the Government of Canada will continue to work with its provincial partners to address the harms suffered by other Indigenous children – including Métis and non-status Indians – during this period as a result of their placement with non-Indigenous families.
The Government of Canada remains committed to working to resolve disputes with Indigenous peoples involving childhood claims, outside of the courts.
More information about the details of the settlement, as well as the notice plan and opportunities for comments is available on the Sixties Scoop settlement website.
What is included in the proposed settlement?
- an investment of $50 million by the Government of Canada to establish a Foundation to enable healing and reconciliation
- a minimum of $500 million and a maximum of $750 million in individual compensation for Status Indians and Inuit
- $75 million for legal fees
Plaintiffs' counsel have committed that they will not seek additional legal costs from the class members in order to ensure that compensation intended for plaintiffs is preserved for them. Canada has also committed to pay administrative costs for a third party, Collectiva, to implement the agreement.
When will I see my payment?
The proposed settlement includes individual compensation for Status Indians and Inuit. The overall amount for individual compensation is premised on individual payments of $25,000. The exact amount (which could be lower or higher) will depend on the number of validated claims. Information regarding timelines for individual payments is not available at this time.
This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
Why is this settlement for First Nations and Inuit only?
The Government of Canada is aware that there are other claims that remain unresolved, including those of Métis and non-status Indians. We will continue to work collaboratively and collectively with the parties and our partners to resolve these remaining claims. Part of that collective work includes working with our provincial and territorial partners to find a way forward on the outstanding Sixties Scoop claims.
The Foundation will be accessible to all Indigenous people who were affected by the Sixties Scoop
What is the Foundation? How will it work?
Those affected by the Sixties Scoop identify the loss of culture and language as among the greatest harm they suffered, which is why the government is responding directly to address this underlying impact of misguided past policies.
As part of the proposed settlement, the government has committed to spending $50 million to help launch the Foundation. The intent of the Foundation is to provide access to education, healing and wellness, and commemoration activities for communities and individuals and help ensure the preservation, protection and revitalization of Indigenous languages and cultures in a way that is complementary to government programs.
The structure of the Foundation will be negotiated directly with the plaintiffs, their counsel, and representatives from the Government of Canada, with the direct involvement of Federal Court Justice Michel M.J. Shore.
The Foundation is to be driven by the interests of the plaintiffs, and will operate outside of the Government. There is a Foundation working group tasked with the creation of the Foundation. The first meeting of the working group took place in October 2017.
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