Agreement-in-Principle Information Page

This page provides information and links to resources about the agreement-in-principle settlements and related cases. We will update the page throughout the process as new information emerges.

Important note: Compensation is not available yet. We will share information on compensation eligibility and the application process as details are known.

About the Agreement-in-Principles

On December 31, 2021, two historic agreement-in-principles (AIPs), amounting to $40 billion dollars, were signed regarding compensation and long-term reform of the First Nations Child and Family Services Program and Jordan’s Principle. The AIPs provide a framework to settle the matters of compensation and long-term reform as ordered by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) and two related class action lawsuits.

This is a simple breakdown of the differences between the AIPs along with links to more information. It is important to remember that the AIPs are non-binding and signing the settlements is the first step of the process. We need to continue to hold the Government of Canada accountable to follow through on their commitments.

1. AIP on long-term reform of the First Nations Child and Family Services Program and Jordan’s Principle

  • Settlement amount: $19.807 billion
  • Focus: Improving the child welfare services delivered by Canada
  • Signed: Dec. 31, 2021 by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Assembly of First Nations, Attorney General of Canada, Chiefs of Ontario and Nishnawbe Aski Nation
  • Learn more

2. AIP regarding compensation for First Nations Children

  • Settlement amount: $20 billion
  • Focus: Compensating First Nations children and families affected by Canada’s discriminatory treatment in child welfare services
  • Signed: Dec. 29, 2021 by the plaintiffs in the involved class action lawsuits and Canada
  • Learn more

AIP Information Session 

Watch a presentation on the AIP from Indigenous Child & Family Services Directors Society with Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Mary Teegee, Dr. Helaina Gaspard, BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee, and Indigenous Services Canada Gregory Miller (June 27, 2022).

AIP Resource List

Related News

Class-Action Lawsuit for Off-Reserve Children

A class-action lawsuit was approved on June 20, 2022, against the federal government on behalf of Indigenous children taken from their families while living away from reserves and placed in non-Indigenous care.

The AIPs only address compensation for youth and their families from reserves; this lawsuit addresses the gap for off-reserve children.

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