An Ojibwa lawyer claims she lost her confidence and her livelihood after being replaced on the Indian day school class-action lawsuit.
Joan Jack, originally of Berens River First Nation in Manitoba, makes the allegations in a statement of claim filed Sept. 10 against Canada and international law firm Gowling WLG.
Jack is seeking $55 million along with unspecified punitive damages.
Gowling’s Ottawa office took over from Jack in 2019 and successfully certified the suit, which led to a multi-billion-dollar settlement from the federal government, for an estimated 200,000 survivors forced to attend the federally run schools.
Simone Hughes, director of business development and marketing at Gowling WLG, said in a statement that Jack’s allegations are “without merit” and will be “vigorously defended…
“Our continued focus and commitment is to supporting Class Members and ensuring they receive the long-awaited compensation they deserve. As this matter is before the Courts, we will