Arcand Named To National Survivors Committee

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 14:58



A well-known Saskatchewan elder has been named to the national Indian Residential School Survivors Committee.


Eugene Arcand of the Muskeg Lake First Nation will join nine other Aboriginal committee members in providing advice and assistance to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Arcand spent 10 years at the St. Michael Indian Residential school in Duck Lake and one year at the Lebret Student Residence.


The former FSIN vice-chief has served the First Nations community in a variety of roles over the past 37 years.


He has been an education liaison worker with the FSIN, and also served as the executive director of the Prince Albert Indian and Metis Friendship Centre.


Other committee members include Manitoba resident John Morriseau, who is the lone Metis representative.


Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl says the committee members will help the commission gather the stories of former students so they can be heard by all Canadians.