MDSSC Statement: New Approach to Outreach Sessions

Drummers sing while Louis Zoe feeds the fire with an offering of bread and tobacco, a way to ask The Creator for safe travel and offer thanks before the day begins.

McLean Day Schools Settlement Corporation (MDSSC) are the proud stewards of the MDSSC Legacy Fund, a $200 million settlement created to support Federal Indian Day School Survivors in the areas of language and culture, healing and wellness, commemoration, and truth telling.

We launched an outreach process in Fall 2021 to hear directly from Federal Indian Day School Survivors and their families and to respectfully seek feedback that will guide the administration and implementation of the MDSSC Legacy Fund.

We have heard from many in our communities that this is a difficult time. That’s why we are evolving our approach to hear from Survivors and their families in a way that respects the impacts of COVID-19 in our communities.

To do that, we are hosting four virtual MDSSC Legacy Fund National Outreach Sessions:

  • January 25, 2022
  • February 2, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • February 14, 2022

We recognize that the need for the Legacy Fund’s support is greater now than ever. This evolved approach will ensure Survivors’ voices guide critical decisions in the most time-effective way.

Each session will be open to all Federal Indian Day School Survivors and their families and will be offered in French and English. Every session will also include cultural and mental health supports. Our aim is to create safe spaces for Survivors and their families to engage in meaningful discussions that will guide the future of the MDSSC Legacy Fund.

If you have already registered for a session, we will contact you directly to support your participation in one of these four sessions.

Federal Indian Day School Survivors and their families can learn more and register for sessions here.

If you can’t attend a session, we encourage you to share your thoughts and recommendations on the future of the MDSSC Legacy Fund through our online form.

We will do everything possible to ensure that no voice is left out. If you need support signing up for one the four sessions or providing feedback through the online form, please email us directly at and we will be happy to help.

We understand these discussions may bring up painful memories. The toll-free Hope for Wellness Help Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-855-242-3310 with culturally-competent counselling and crisis intervention services in English, French, Cree, Inuktitut, and Ojibway for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Indian Day Schools experience.

Survivors and other participants in the MDSSC Outreach, can be assured that MDSSC and its representatives understand and respect that highly sensitive personal information may be disclosed during the course of the Outreach Sessions, and will take all steps reasonable to ensure that the privacy and confidentiality of information disclosed is maintained, but cannot provide a guarantee of such due to factors beyond our control.

We are grateful for your participation in this important process and look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas.

A look back at the McLean Day Schools Settlement Corporation launch event