It’s an important court victory for the Sechelt First Nation and its partners in a class action lawsuit on behalf of residential school survivors.
The Federal Court of Canada has ordered a certification hearing, but it won’t happen for almost a year.
The suit, filed in 2012 with the T’Kemlups First Nation, seeks compensation for people forced to go to residential schools as day students. They were left out of the major settlement reached a few years ago.
The hearing has been set for April 13th to 20th, 2015.
Sechelt Chief Calvin Craigan, says “We have waited a long time to get to this point. While we aren’t guaranteed success at the certification hearing, we are confident that this law suit will be certified as a class action, and we can work at obtaining fair compensation for all those who were day scholars at Canada’s residential schools.”