COOPER REGEL, along with KOSKIE MINSKY LLP, commenced a class action on January 25, 2018 against the Attorney General of Canada alleging that its operation of “Indian Hospitals” was negligent and breached fiduciary duties owed to First Nation, Inuit & Métis people.

The statement of claim alleges, among other things, that between 1945 and 1981 Canada transported First Nation, Inuit & Métis people to dilapidated facilities converted into hospitals where they were isolated from their family, friends and communities. The hospitals were substandard, overcrowded, and rife with physical and sexual abuse.   Patients were tied to their beds, placed in full body casts and not afforded the ability to be educated or retain their Indigenous culture and heritage. Patients left these hospitals physically and psychologically traumatized. The proposed class includes First Nation, Inuit & Métis people who were admitted to an Indian Hospital operated by Canada from November 1, 1945 until 1981 as well as certain family members.


January 25, 2018 – Filed Statement of Claim

January 22, 2020 – The claim has now been certified as a class action.   A copy of the certification order is available here.

October 29, 2020 – The Amended Statement of Claim was filed in 2020.  A copy of the Fresh as Amended Statement of Claim is available here.

If you believe you may be a class member, please fill out the QUESTIONNAIRE and/or contact us:
Cooper Regel: 1-800-994-7477 or
Koskie Minsky: 1-866-777-6308 or

MEDIA – Indian Hospitals Class Action