April 29, 2020
Due to the current coronavirus crisis, the Federal Court has severely restricted its normal operations. All previous motion dates have been cancelled and the court is not yet booking new hearings.
In addition, the Defendant, the Attorney General of Canada, has advised that its operations has been significantly curtailed to what it has deemed to be essential services and responding to this litigation has been deemed to be non-essential. It is not clear when Canada will permit the Ministry of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada to resume operations remotely.
As a result, the distribution of notice of the certification of this proceeding to class members has been delayed. In addition, documentary production by the Defendants has also been delayed and will result in a delay to access to justice in this case.
More information will be provided as it becomes known.