THE QUEBEC SUPERIOR COURT HAS CERTIFIED THE CLASS ACTION FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT ENTITLED TO INDIAN STATUS BEFORE 2017 BECAUSE OF REGISTRATION RULES THAT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND THEIR DESCENDANTS
Quebec Native Women (QNW) would like to announce that the Superior Court of Quebec has certified the QNW-Paillé class action. The purpose of this action is to compensate individuals who were not entitled to Indian status (or a status that can be passed on to the next generation) prior to 2017 (Bill S-3), due to the registration rules in the Indian Act that discriminated against Indigenous women and their descendants.
QNW represents members of the class action, which include people in the following three categories:
The class action alleges that, until 2017, the Canadian government maintained Indian registration rules that it knew discriminated on the basis of gender. These rules had the effect of denying Indian status (or status to be passed on to the next generation) and the services that flow from it to many people across Canada. Thus, if the Superior Court’s decision is favourable, the targeted people will be compensated for the losses and prejudices they suffered.
IMPORTANT : the purpose of the class action is to obtain compensation for the injury suffered by the members of the class action. It is not intended to change the registration rules of the Indian Act, and will not lead to new entitlements to Indian status. Moreover, it does not affect the rights and obligations of band councils. To find out if you are a member of the class action and how to exclude yourself from it if applicable, please consult the “Notice to members of the collective action FAQ-Paillé” documents in the toolbox below.
To consult the procedures and for any questions related to this class action, please contact the office of Dionne Schulze:
Toll-free line : 1 (833) 333-0748
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Quebec Superior Court authorizes FAQ-Paillé class action for people who were unable to obtain Indian status before 2017 (Bill S-3) because of the Indian Act’s discriminatory registration rules against Indigenous women and their descendants.
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