Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Class Action – February 3, 2023
February 3, 2023
Class Counsel is aware that the Government of Canada, the FNI and the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation have entered into an agreement to establish criteria for accepting former and current members of the CAF and the RCMP as Qalipu Founding Members, and that the application process has begun and has a deadline of March 17, 2023. Class Counsel encourages Class Members who are eligible to apply for Founding Membership under the new agreement to do so.
Class Counsel is also aware that as part of the application, applicants will be required to sign an acknowledgement and release (“release”). The terms of the release will only be effective if Class Members are ultimately successful in their applications for Founding Membership. The date upon which the release becomes effective is the date the Recognition Order is amended to add successful applicants to the Founding Members list of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. The terms of the release do not prevent Class Members from continuing to participate in the Class Action, even if they are successful in becoming Founding Members. However, the acknowledgement and release will limit the amount of damages, expenses, and/or losses that Class Members may claim. Class Members will not be entitled to any damages, expenses, and/or losses that accrue after the effective date of the release.