The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne invites all community members who were former students at any of the former Federal Indian Day Schools to attend a community update on Monday, October 28 at the Kana:takon Recreation Center at 5p.m. Updates about the Federal Indian Day School Class Action Settlement and the claims process will be given from Gowling WLG, the class counsel for the settlement.

Information regarding the settlement and the draft claim form can be found at the claim website under the “Documents” button. Former students will receive notice when the claim forms are finalized and ready for submission.

Former students who wish to opt-out of the settlement have 90 days from August 19, 2019 to file an opt-out form. Opt-out forms can also be found on the Indian Day School website. The deadline to submit an opt-out form is November 18, 2019.

Community members can call directly to the Gowling WLG law firm at no cost for any questions regarding the claims process and filling out the form, what documents may be required and any issues people may have. The toll-free number is 1(844)539-3815 or email at

Mental health counselling and crisis support is available to Class Members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Hope for Wellness Hotline. Contact Hope for Wellness at 1-855-242-3310 or through their online chat at Counselling is available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut, on request.