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Survivors of residential school in Saskatchewan file proposed class-action lawsuit

WHITECAP, Sask. — Survivors of a residential school that housed Métis children in Saskatchewan have filed a proposed a class-action lawsuit against the federal and provincial governments.

The Île-à-la-Crosse Residential Boarding School opened in the 1820s and operated for more than 100 years in the northern village.

Survivors say they experienced abuse and a loss of culture and language.

They were not included in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement because the school was determined not to qualify.

A memorandum of understanding was signed with Ottawa in 2019, but the group says discussions weren’t successful.

Survivors say they are suing the governments for the roles they played in operating the school and for breaching legal duties to care for them.

No statements of defence have been filed, and the federal and provincial governments did not immediately provide comment.

The Canadian Press