News & Updates

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2023, January 17 – CBC News article “Minister comments on Indian Boarding Homes settlement” | CBC News

2023, January 9 – CBC News North article “Indian boarding home survivors in the North eligible to receive thousands of dollars in compensation” | CBC News

2023, January 6CBC News video “Canadian government reaches settlement with Indigenous survivors forced to attend boarding homes” | CBC News

2023, January 3APTN News video “Feds reach agreement-in-principle in Boarding Home class-action lawsuit” | APTN News

2023, January 3 The Lawyers Daily article “Canada strikes agreement-in-principle to resolve Indigenous boarding homes program class action” | The Lawyers Daily

2023, January 3CBC News article “Ottawa, plaintiffs agree to settle ‘Indian boarding homes’ class action” | CBC News

2023, January 3Telesur article “Canada’s Boarding Homes Class Action Reaches an Agreement” | Telesur

2023, January 3APT News article ‘Agreement-in-principle’ reached in Boarding Home class-action lawsuit with feds | APTN News

2023, January 3Agreement in Principle reached to resolve Percival class action lawsuit – Press Release (English)

2023, January 3 Une entente de principe est conclue pour résoudre le recours collectif Percival – Communiqué (French)


2022, December 7 – We are pleased to report that the Judicial Dispute Resolution has resulted in an Agreement In Principle to settle the class action.  The Parties are now working on the terms of a full Settlement Agreement.  Updates will continue to be posted on our website.

2022, November 16 – The Judicial Dispute Resolution was not concluded. It will resume on December 6, 2022 for a further three days.

2022, September 21 – Justice Strickland has directed that a Judicial Dispute Resolution conference take place in Toronto for three days commencing November 14, 2022.


2021, June 6 – Justice Strickland has issued an order authorizing the appointment of MV Management as a joint expert of the parties to conduct a survey of band councils on their participation in the Boarding Homes Program.


2020, March – The parties have been reviewing archival documents regarding the Boarding Homes Program. The retrieval of documents has been paused due to the closure of Archives Canada as a result of Covid 19.


2019, September 18CBC News article “Next federal government will face unresolved class action lawsuits from residential school era” | CBC News

2019, June 28 – The class action has been certified on consent. The Certification Order can be viewed here.

The class includes persons who were placed by the Government of Canada in private homes for the purpose of attending school, excluding placements made for the purpose of attending a post-secondary educational institution.

There is a Quebec Subclass for class members resident in Quebec at the time of their placement by Canada in the private home.

Counsel for the Quebec subclass is Dionne Schulze.

2019, April 24 – The hearing for the certification motion is set for June 6, 2019.


2018, November 15 – The parties agree to a temporary pause in the motion for certification to permit Canada to provide information and documentation to narrow the issues in dispute.

2018, October 22 – We have filed our motion for certification to have the action certified as a class proceeding.

2018, July 27 – Chief Justice Crampton has assigned Justice Strickland as the Case Management Judge.

2018, July 24 – Statement of Claim filed in Federal Court. The Statement of Claim can be viewed here.


2015, July 7, 8 & 9Assembly of First Nations Resolution to support Reconciliation and Compensation for First Nations Boarding Home Students

2015, June 24-25British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Resolution on Reconciliation and Compensation for First Nations Boarding Home Students


2011, May 20Canadian Bar Association letter regarding Boarding Homes in Residential School Settlement