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Drinking Water Advisories Class Action

Important updates

The Opt Out Deadline is December 8, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

Individuals Band Members: if you do nothing, you will automatically remain in the Class Action. You will be bound by all Court orders, good or bad. If any money or other benefits are awarded, you may need to take action after notice to you to receive any benefits.


The Federal Court of Canada has decided that class actions on behalf of a “Class” of both First Nations and band members may proceed. Band members can choose whether to stay in the Class. First Nations can choose whether to join the Class. There is no money available now and no guarantee that the class action will succeed.

The Courts appointed Shamattawa First Nation and Chief Jordna Hill to act as representative Plaintiffs for the Class.

Band Members Included: The Class includes band members (as defined by the Indian Act):

  1. whose reserve was subject to a drinking water advisory that lasted at least one year at any time from and continued or commenced after June 20, 2021; and
  2. after June 20, 2020, ordinarily lived on their reserve for a period of at least one year while the reserve was subject to a drinking water advisory that lasted at least one year.

Band Members Excluded: Members of the Tsuu T’ina Nation, Sucker Creek First Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, the Blood Tribe, and Okanagan Indian Band are excluded from this class action.

Individual band members must decide whether to stay in the Class, and you have to decide this by December 8, 2023. Staying in the Class will not impact the supports received from community-based agencies that are funded by any government.

First Nations must decide whether they want to join the Class by no later than 90 days before the Class members’ claims are determined.

Court documents:

If you do not want to participate in this class action litigation, you need to remove yourself by opting out. If you opt out, you cannot get money or benefits from this litigation. To opt out, please submit an Opt Out Coupon by December 8, 2023.

To submit an Opt Out Coupon, use the following:

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Drinking Water Advisories Class Action
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9 Prince Arthur Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1B2

Tel: 1-800-538-0009