Not every claim will follow a straight path from assessment to approval or denial. Some claims will be assessed and reassessed more than one time, as new information is requested and received. View the claims process
Responding to letters and notices
Now that all processes in the 60s Scoop Settlement have resumed, applicants will receive notices in writing about their claim, what actions they need to take and by what date.
For some people—the reinstatement of deadlines will have no impact at all. However, if you receive a letter with a deadline, please make sure you note what actions you need to take and by what date. This deadline will be specific to the date that your letter is issued.
Here is a simple breakdown of the types of letters that require immediate action:
Help and support videos
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Glossary of terms
- Criteria outlined in the Settlement Agreement/Settlement criteria: According to the Settlement Agreement: “the settlement includes people who are registered Indians (as defined in the Indian Act) and Inuit as well as people eligible to be registered Indians; and were removed from their homes in Canada between January 1, 1951 and December 31, 1991 and placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents. Those who meet this criteria will be included in the settlement as ‘Class Members’. All Class Members, except those who validly opt out, are eligible for compensation.”
- Fully and finally denied: An application is considered “fully and finally denied” when (a) the deadline for reconsideration, following an “Official Rejection Notice,” has expired and no action for reconsideration has been taken or (b) upon the Reconsideration Officer’s decision to fully and finally deny an application after reviewing it.
- Official Rejection Notice: An Official Rejection Notice is sent when the Administrator has reviewed an application and determined it is not eligible for settlement funds based on the criteria outlined in the Settlement Agreement. Before being sent an Official Rejection Notice, applicants will first receive, and have time to respond to, a Notice of Intent to Reject letter and a Reminder Letter.
- Reconsideration Officer: The Reconsideration Officer’s job is to review all requests for reconsideration and make a final decision on whether an application is eligible. The Court has appointed Dr. James Igloliorte, former Judge with the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, as the Reconsideration Officer for Sixties Scoop claim applications.
- Notice of Intent to Reject: A Notice of Intent to Reject is sent when the Administrator has reviewed an application and has determined that they cannot assess the application as eligible based on the information they have received. Either the information provided in application does not meet the Settlement criteria or more information is needed to prove that the application meets the Settlement criteria.
- Reminder Letter: A reminder letter is sent to applicants who have previously received a Notice of Intent to Reject and who have not responded to that notice. The reminder gives people an additional 30 days to respond to the notice before issuing an Official Rejection Notice.
- Request for Additional Information (Supplementary Claim Form): A Request for Additional Information letter is sent to applicants in cases where no official wardship or adoption records could be found as a result of the Administrator’s search. The letter includes and asks individuals to complete a short Supplementary Claim Form to resolve the missing information.
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