The lawsuit says that Canada and the FNI inappropriately altered the requirements of the Agreement for the Recognition of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq Band (the "2008 Agreement") to inappropriately exclude Class Members for membership by entering into the 2013 Supplemental Agreement.
The lawsuit says that the 2013 Supplemental agreement is invalid. Canada and the FNI have denied these claims.
The Court has not decided whether the Plaintiff or the Defendants are right. The lawyers for the Plaintiff will have to prove their claims in Court.Top
This lawsuit has been "certified" as a class action. This means that the lawsuit meets the requirements for class actions and may proceed to trial. If you are included, you may have legal rights and options before the Court decides whether the claims being made against the Attorney General of Canada ("Canada") and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians ("FNI") on your behalf are correct. The notice explains all of these things.
A judge of the Federal Court of Canada is currently overseeing this case. The case is known as Collins v. Canada (Attorney General), Court File No. T-2044-19. The person who sued is called the Plaintiff. The Attorney General of Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians are the Defendants.Top
In a class action one person called the "representative plaintiff" (in this case, Gregory Collins) sues on behalf of a group of people who have similar claims. All of these people are a "Class" and are "Class Members." The Court resolves the issues for all Class Members in one case, except for those who remove themselves from the Class.Top
The Federal Court has appointed Gregory Collins of Rockland, Ontario, as the representative Plaintiff in this matter. Mr. Collins may be contacted at: c/o Koskie Minsky LLP, 20 Queen Street West, Suite 900, Toronto, ON, M5H 3R3, 1-800-315-5570 or email [email protected].Top
The Class includes all individuals whose applications for Qalipu Mi'kmaq Band membership were rejected in accordance with the 2013 Supplemental Agreement.Top
The Plaintiff is asking that the Court set aside all rejections of applications for Qalipu Mi'kmaq Band membership made under the 2013 Supplemental Agreement, and grant membership to or establish a process to assess membership of all Class Members pursuant to the 2008 Agreement.
The Plaintiff is also asking for money for Class Members from the Attorney General of Canada only, and lawyers' fees and costs, plus interest.Top
No money or benefits are available now because the Court has not yet decided whether Canada and/or the FNI did anything wrong. There is no guarantee that money will ever be obtained. If it is, you will be notified about how to ask for your share.
You must decide whether to stay in the Class or whether to remove yourself before a possible trial, and you have to decide this by January 14, 2021.Top
If you do nothing, you will automatically remain in the lawsuit. You will be bound by all Court orders, good or bad. If any benefit is awarded, you may need to take action in order to receive any benefits.
For those who have already started a legal proceeding that raises the same issues as in the class action, you will have to discontinue your legal proceeding by January 14, 2021 to remain in this class action, otherwise you will automatically be excluded.Top
If you do not want to be in the lawsuit, you must remove yourself. This is sometimes called "opting out." If you remove yourself, you will not receive any benefit that may be obtained from the lawsuit. You will not be bound by any Court orders and you keep your right to sue Canada and the FNI as an individual regarding the issues in this case.
To remove yourself, send an Opt Out Form or a legible written request to opt out of the class action Collins v. Canada (Attorney General), Court File No. T-2044-19 to RicePoint Administration Inc. by mail to Notice Administrator - Qalipu Mi'kmaq Band Class Action, c/o RicePoint Administration Inc. P.O. Box 4454, Toronto Station A, 25 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5W 4B1. Include your name, address, telephone number, and signature.
You may want independent legal advice to decide whether to stay in the class action or to opt out.
Call Class Counsel at 1-800-315-5570, email [email protected], or visit https://kmlaw.ca/cases/qalipu-mikmaq-first-nation-band-class-action if you have any questions about how to get out of the Class.
For those who have already started a legal proceeding that raises the same issues as in the class action, you do not need to do anything to remove yourself from this class action as you will automatically be excluded if you don't discontinue your legal proceeding by January 14, 2021.Top
Yes. The Court has appointed Koskie Minsky LLP from Toronto to represent the Class Members as "Class Counsel" with respect to the Common Issues in this class action. You will not be charged for these lawyers now. They may only be paid if the class action is successful. If you want to be represented by another lawyer, you may hire one to appear in Court for you at your own expense.Top
Legal fees are typically deducted from any compensation that the Class ultimately receives as a result of a successful judgment or settlement. The lawyers for the Class are seeking 33% of any recovery received by Class Members that is a result of this case. The fees and expenses could be deducted from any money obtained for the Class, or paid separately by the Attorney General of Canada and/or the FNI.
The Federal Court will decide the amount of fees and disbursements to award. Class Counsel will not be paid until the Federal Court declares that the proposed legal fees are fair and reasonable.Top
If the lawsuit is not dismissed or settled, the Plaintiff will have to prove his claims in Court. A Court will hear all of the evidence, so that a decision can be reached about whether the Plaintiff or Canada and the FNI are right about the claims in the lawsuit. There is no guarantee that the Plaintiff will win.Top
The Plaintiff is asking to have all rejections pursuant to the 2013 Supplemental Agreement set aside and to have all Class Members reassessed for membership under the 2008 Agreement.
The Plaintiff is also asking for money (from the Attorney General of Canada only) as compensation of the violation of the Class Members' rights and the delay in gaining membership to the Qalipu Mi'kmaq Band.
If the Plaintiff is successful and if there is to be a reassessment of applications or money available to the Class as a result of this case, Class Members will be notified about how to participate and what your other options are at that time. These things are not known right now. Important information about the case will be posted on the website https://kmlaw.ca/cases/qalipu-mikmaq-first-nation-band-class-action/#developments as it becomes available.Top
You can get more information from Class Counsel at 1-800-315-5570, by email at [email protected], by mail at Koskie Minsky LLP, 20 Queen Street West, Suite 900, Toronto, ON, M5H 3R3, or by visiting the Class Counsel's website at https://kmlaw.ca/cases/qalipu-mikmaq-first-nation-band-class-action/.Top
You can get independent legal advice about whether to stay in the class action.
You can also contact Class Counsel to discuss the class action and your rights, and to provide your information so we can stay in touch about developments in the lawsuit. You can contact Class Counsel by calling toll free at 1-800-315-5570, by email at [email protected], by mail at Koskie Minsky LLP, 20 Queen Street West, Suite 900, Toronto, ON, M5H 3R3, or by visiting the Class Counsel's website at https://kmlaw.ca/cases/qalipu-mikmaq-first-nation-band-class-action/.Top