Indigenous Youth in British Columbia - Sotos Class Actions

Indigenous Youth in British Columbia

This case makes two types of claims.

First, it alleges that the governments of Canada and British Columbia provided less generous funding to Indigenous child (prevention) services than they did for non-Indigenous child (prevention) services.

Second, it alleges that the funding structure, policies, and culture of child services system in British Columbia prioritized removing Indigenous children from their homes over providing preventive services to Indigenous families to assist them to care for their children at home.

This case seeks to represent (1) all off-reserve Indigenous (First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit) children in British Columbia who were removed from their homes while under the age of 19, since 1992; and (2) the caregiving parents and grandparents of those children.

We are bringing this claim and parallel claims in other provinces with a consortium of firms across the country, including Murphy Battista (BC), Miller Titerle (BC), Gowling (BC), Cochrane Saxberg (Manitoba), and Kugler Kandestin (Quebec). The court will decide at a later date if the case will proceed as a class action.


David Sterns

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Mohsen Seddigh

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Adil Abdulla

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Patricia Julian Son

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