Class Actions

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
(514) 360-8865

Me Will Colish
(514) 360-8885

Me Mélissa Des Grosseilliers
(514) 360-8877