Many Canadians don’t realize that the current [settlement] only dealt with our people who went to the residential schools, as defined by the government of Canada. First Nations communities in BC continue to seek justice for “day scholars”–former students ineligible for compensation because they attended schools that didn’t require them to stay overnight:
WHAT IS A DAY SCHOLAR?
Day scholars attended the same residential schools where many aboriginal students suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse, but the day scholars have been exempted from the federal apology and are not eligible for compensation packages. The day scholar students were different from the residential schools students in that students returned home at the end of the school day.
CURRENT ACTIVE ABORIGINAL DAY SCHOOL CLASS ACTIONS:
Tk’emlúpste Secwepemc and Sechelt Indian Band have band together and filed a Day Scholar Class Action in Federal Court last August 2012. TteS and Sechelt have both financed the Class Action and are prepared to continue until justice and a fair settlement is achieved for Day Scholars. The main damages that we are claiming are: loss of culture, linguistic and social damages as well as Exemplary and punitive damages such as loss of economic opportunity, loss of educational opportunities as well as compensation. More importantly we are seeking on going healing for our nations.
For more information contact:
Jo-Anne Gottfriedson BGS CED
T’kemlups te Secwepemc
Day Scholar Coordinator