After three decades of advocacy leading up to negotiations that concluded on June 20, 2022, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Executive Committee approved a final settlement agreement of $20 billion to compensate First Nations children and families who experienced discrimination under the First Nations Child and Family Services (FNSFS) program and Jordan’s Principle.
The final settlement agreement on compensation was reached between the AFN, Canada and Moushoom/Trout representative plaintiffs and their legal counsel on June 30, 2022.
Several legal steps must take place before compensation will be distributed:
- The final settlement agreement is subject to approval by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) and Federal Court of Canada.
- The agreement has been filed with the CHRT, and updates will follow from the AFN.
- A motion to approve the settlement is scheduled to be heard by the Federal Court of Canada in September 2022.
- A distribution protocol will be developed to outline specifics on who will be eligible for compensation and how they can apply, which also must be approved by the Federal Court in December 2022.
Please note: Compensation is not available yet. More information will be available after approval by the CHRT and the Federal Court.