Boarding School Students Get Legal Advice

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 15:06



The president of the Metis local in Ile-a-la-Crosse says he is pleased with progress made at a weekend meeting of survivors from the old boarding school in the community.


Don Favel says legalities were discussed about efforts to have the government recognize the students’ quest for compensation.


Favel says information was documented for future delivery to officials in Ottawa.


He admits many survivors are anxious to see what steps the Conservative government will take on the residential schools file, since Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised compensation to the Ile-a-la-Crosse students in radio ads that aired during the election campaign.


Favel says the students are also being advised by a lawyer to press their case through the compensation agreement laid out in November for former students of Indian residential schools.


He says trying to create a new agreement of their own could take as long as 15 years.