TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2018 – The representatives of certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop have reached a proposed settlement agreement with the Federal Government of Canada (“Canada“) that provides compensation for certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop. The proposed settlement must be approved by the courts before there is any money or other benefits available. Your legal rights are affected even if you do nothing. Please read this notice carefully.
This lawsuit claims that Indian children who were victims of the Sixties Scoop lost their cultural identity and suffered psychologically, emotionally, spiritually and physically. They were also deprived of their status, their aboriginal and treaty rights and monetary benefits to which they were entitled pursuant to the Indian Act, RSC 1985, c I-5 and related legislation and policies.
The representatives of certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop and Canada have agreed to a proposed settlement. By agreeing to the proposed settlement, the parties avoid the costs and uncertainty of a trial and delays in obtaining judgment, and certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop receive the benefits described in the proposed settlement agreement. By settling this class action, the representatives of certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop and Canada have also been able to create a Foundation to enable change and reconciliation.
The courts in charge of this case still have to decide whether to approve the proposed settlement. The courts will hear submissions about the approval of the proposed settlement on May 10 and 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and May 29 and 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Toronto, Ontario. Payments and other benefits will only be made available if the courts approve the proposed settlement and after any appeals are resolved. Please be patient.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS FOR THIS PROPOSED SETTLEMENT
Write a letter that includes your name, address and telephone number and explain why you object to the proposed settlement. You can use the Objection Form which can be found at sixtiesscoopsettlement.info. You must mail or email your Objection Form before April 30, 2018 to: Sixties Scoop Class Action, c/o Collectiva Class Action Services Inc., 1176 Bishop Street, suite 208, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2E3 or email@example.com.
- Go to the Hearing
You can attend at court in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 10 and 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and in Toronto, Ontario on May 29 and 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to voice your concerns.
- Videoconference into the Hearing
The Courts will consider making special arrangements to permit an objector who wishes to appear in person, but is not able to, to appear via videoconferencing at select locations of the Federal Court. More information about videoconferencing is available at sixtiesscoopsettlement.info.
- Do Nothing
Give up your right to object to the proposed settlement.
These rights and options and the deadlines to exercise them and more information about the proposed settlement are explained in a notice available at sixtiesscoopsettlement.info.
More details are in the proposed Settlement Agreement. You can get a copy of the proposed Settlement Agreement at sixtiesscoopsettlement.info. You can send your questions to Sixties Scoop Class Action, c/o Collectiva Class Action Services Inc., 1176 Bishop Street, suite 208, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2E3 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call the toll free number 1-(844)-287-4270.
This notice was approved by the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court.