Northern Survivors Being Revictimized After They Are Excluded From The Residential School Agreement
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 20, 2007
(SASKATOON) Many Saskatchewan Residential School survivors are being revictimized after they lost their bid to be covered under the $1.9 billion settlement agreement despite the fact that they attended residential schools across this province, FSIN Vice Chief Lyle Whitefish said.
“Survivors who attended 26 different schools in Saskatchewan are discouraged with the process that has left them out. They attended schools that had the dynamics of a residential school – they were kept from their homes and families and suffered many abuses. These survivors are like any other residential school survivor already covered by the settlement, they feel they should be entitled to make a claim,” Vice Chief Whitefish added.Yesterday was the deadline for Indian Residential School Canada to decide which schools would be added to the list of institutions covered under the Residential School Settlement Agreement. Of 26 schools in Saskatchewan requesting to be added, only one school was allowed onto the list. This additional school was Crowstand school near Kamsack, SK.
Vice Chief Whitefish said it is irrelevant whether a residential school was operated by the province, the federal government or a church, survivors who attended those schools should be covered under the settlement agreement.
As an example of the unfair treatment of survivors, students who went to school in Ile-a-la-Crosse have not been added under the settlement agreement, but they look to their neighbors in Beauval who have been added. Timber Bay survivors have also been left in the cold when their school was not added to the list.
There is an appeal process for those schools who still want to try and be added. More information will be provided to those schools in the coming days.
For more information, please contact Vice Chief Whitefish’s Policy Analyast Chris LaPlante at (306) 292-7487