Sixties Scoop settlement info sessions will make stops in the North next year

The tour will stop in Whitehorse on Feb. 4, Yellowknife on March 18 and Iqaluit on a to-be-determined date in April.

1st session is supposed to be held next month in Vancouver

Sixties Scoop survivors and supporters gather for a demonstration at a Toronto courthouse during a landmark court hearing on the Sixties Scoop. Over the next few months, Collectiva Class Action Services will be holding information sessions on how to make a claim. (Michelle Siu/Canadian Press)

The first of 21 cross-Canada information sessions to help members of the Sixties Scoop settlement receive compensation is scheduled to begin next month.

Collectiva Class Action Services, which is the the claim administrator, is organizing the tour.

The sessions are meant to ensure that members understand the process of making a claim, including knowing which documents are necessary, Mélanie Vincent, an organizer, said in a phone interview from Quebec City. 

The tour will stop in Whitehorse on Feb. 4, Yellowknife on March 18 and Iqaluit on a to-be-determined date in April.

The one-day sessions will all have the same programming. One session will be recorded, and the video will be available online in the future.

People who are not members are allowed to attend.

"It could be their family members, friends, different organizations, representatives from councils or Indigenous organizations," among others, Vincent said.

Each session will have a local elder present, along with someone qualified to provide psychological support, she added.

The financial amount each member receives depends on the number of members, with the individual amount ranging between $25,000 and $50,000. 

Vincent said all of the organization's different supports are free, and members don't a need to pay for a lawyer to get help completing the documents, she added.

The sessions are not necessary to attend, and claims can be submitted until Aug. 30, 2019.

Information sessions:

  • Vancouver, Dec. 17, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (theatre room)
  • Thunder Bay, Dec. 18, Victoria Inn
  • Toronto, Dec. 21, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
  • Prince George, B.C., Jan. 7, 2019, Prince George Native Friendship Centre
  • Montreal, Jan. 15, 2019, location TBD
  • Halifax, Jan. 17, 2019, location TBD
  • Edmonton, Jan. 21, 2019, location TBD
  • Thomson, Man., week of Jan. 21, 2019, location TBD
  • Winnipeg, week of Jan. 21, 2019, location TBD
  • Ottawa, Jan. 22, 2019, location TBD
  • Timmins, Ont., Jan. 26, 2019, location TBD
  • Whitehorse, Feb. 4, 2019, location TBD
  • Orillia, Ont., Feb. 9, 2019, Quality Inn & Conference Centre
  • Regina, week of Feb. 3 or 10, 2019, location TBD
  • Saskatoon, week of Feb. 3 or 10, 2019, location TBD
  • Kamloops, B.C., Feb. 18, 2019, location TBD
  • Calgary, March 4, 2019, location TBD
  • St. John's, March 12, 2019, location TBD
  • Yellowknife, March 18, 2019, location TBD
  • Kenora, Ont., April 2019, location TBD
  • Iqaluit, April 2019, location TBD