Class Actions

Agreement in Principle reached with the Federal Government for $20 billion to compensate First Nations youth and their families.

Kugler Kandestin is very pleased to announce that a $20 billion agreement in principle has been reached regarding the Millenium Scoop and Jordan’s Principle class actions. This agreement in principle promises compensation to First Nations youth who, as a result of a systemically underfunded First Nations child welfare system, were removed from their homes on reserve and placed into out-of-home care. It will also compensate First Nations youth who were denied, delayed or experienced gaps in the receipt of an essential public service or product in violation of Jordan’s Principle. Furthermore, the settlement will provide compensation to certain family members of the removed children and those whose Jordan’s Principle rights were breached.

Kugler Kandestin collaborated with Sotos LLP and Miller Titerle+ in the context of a national consortium, which also involved Nahwegahbow, Corbiere and Fasken Dumoulin LLP, representing a group of representative plaintiffs.

This agreement in principle is a first, major step toward a comprehensive settlement agreement, which will determine the process to submit a claim and how much each class member will receive. As the parties work toward a comprehensive settlement agreement, stay connected for further details by registering for updates on the class action website.

Kugler Kandestin is pleased to announce that the Federal Court of Canada has certified a national class action against the Attorney General of Canada, that Kugler Kandestin is handling on behalf of hundreds of thousands of First Nations children and families. Kugler Kandestin is working together with Sotos LLP and Miller Titerle + Company on this case.

The Judgment allows the filing of a class action that will claim billions of dollars of compensation for First Nations children and families.

Kugler Kandestin and Sotos LLP have filed a class action in Federal Court on behalf of First Nations youth who have been the victims of the federal government’s discriminatory underfunding of First Nations child and family services.

The class action seeks compensatory damages for on-reserve youth who have been taken into foster homes. It also seeks compensatory damages for First Nations youth, whether on or off reserve, who have been denied or delayed receipt of health and social services and products because of the Crown’s narrow application of Jordan’s Principle.

Jordan’s Principle is a legal rule that requires the federal government to pay for and deliver health and social services to First Nations youth on a level substantively equal to non-First Nations youth. This principle also states that the federal government cannot deny or delay these services and/or products on the grounds that it is the responsibility of the provincial government or some other federal department.

In order to inform you of your rights, we encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers if the following has occurred to a First Nations youth:

  • – You or someone you know has been denied or delayed receipt of health and social services or products from the federal government; or
  • – You or someone you know is or has been placed in a foster home and previously lived on a reserve or whose parents or parent lived on a reserve.

Your communications with us are free and will be kept strictly confidential.

We will continue to update this page as the case progresses.

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