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FSIN Supports Lawsuit On Behalf Of Day Scholar Students
by ecnationtalk onAugust 17, 20121592 Views
For Immediate Release: August 16, 2012
(Vancouver, BC) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) announced today that it plans to join a lawsuit by two British Columbia First Nations, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Indian Band and the Sechelt Indian Band, who filed a statement of claim in Federal Court on behalf of the thousands of First Nation Day Scholar students who attended Indian Residential Schools. The Indian Day Scholar survivors were left out of the $1.9 Billion Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.
“The Indian Day Scholar survivors suffered the same injustices as the Indian Residential School survivors,” says FSIN Vice Chief E. Dutch Lerat. “Many of them suffered abuse and a loss of language and culture. We estimate there are more than 4,000 Indian Day Scholar survivors in Saskatchewan waiting for past wrongs to be righted.”
There were approximately 150 to 160 Indian Residential Schools in Canada that were not recognized under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. In Saskatchewan, it’s believed there are 30 schools that were left out of the agreement.
Indian Day Scholar survivors attended the boarding schools but were not boarders. They could apply for compensation as non-resident claimants if they suffered specific abuses, but were not part of the common experience payment intended to compensate for loss of language and culture.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
For more information: Mervin Brass, Executive Director of Communications Direct: 306.956.1026 Cellular: 306.220.7187 Email BlackBerry: mervin.brass[at]fsin.com www.fsin.com