Kugler Kandestin helps Inuit youth in Nunavik bring class action against governments of Canada and Quebec over discriminatory underfunding
Kugler Kandestin, Sotos LLP and Coupal Chauvelot, S.A. have filed an application for authorization to institute a class action in the Superior Court of Québec on behalf of Inuit youth who have suffered from the federal and provincial governments’ discriminatory underfunding of Inuit child and family services.
The class action seeks damages for Inuit youth who, since 1975, were involved with the child welfare system in Nunavik. It also seeks damages for Inuit youth who were denied or delayed in receiving health and social services and products because of the governments’ refusal to recognize or properly apply Jordan’s Principle/Inuit Child First Initiative.
Jordan’s Principle/Inuit Child First Initiative is legislation that requires the government to pay for and deliver health and social services to Inuit youth on a level substantively equal to non-Indigenous youth. This principle also provides that the government cannot deny or delay these services and/or products on the grounds that it is the responsibility of another level of government or department.
To inform you of your rights, we encourage you to speak with one of the lawyers below if the following has occurred to an Inuit youth:
– You or someone you know has been denied or delayed receipt of health and social services or products from the government; or
– You or someone you know is or has been reported to Youth Protection in Nunavik.
Your communications with us are free and will be kept strictly confidential.
We will continue to update this page as the case progresses.
Me Alexandre Brosseau-Wery
Me Will Colish
Me Mélissa Des Grosseilliers
To see our active class actions and those that we have been involved in, please click on the boxes below.
- Ongoing Cases
Philip (Hart) Baugniet (F.A.C.E. School and Victoria School)
François Lamarre (Hockey Coach)
Les Soeurs de la Charité and the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Brothers of Sacred Heart (across Québec)
Brothers of Sacred Heart at Collège Mont Sacré-Coeur
"Servites de Marie" and Collège Notre-Dame des Servites (Ayer's Cliff)
Marist Brothers (across Quebec)
Attorney General of Quebec (Right of detainees to bail review)
Attorney General of Quebec (Nunavik detainees)
Attorney General of Quebec (Nunavik youth)
City of Gatineau (incarcerating unhoused persons for unpaid fines)
Minister of Indigenous Services Canada
Québec City (right of detainees to appear within 24 hours)
- Resolved Cases