FSIN Official Slams Ottawa Over Timber Bay Issue

Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 13:21



A vice-chief with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is appalled that the federal government has rejected a bid by former students of a boarding school in Timber Bay to be compensated under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.


Lyle Whitefish says the school should qualify because children were removed from their homes, weren’t allowed to practice their language or culture, and were forced to learn another religion.


He says rejecting the claim shows the residential school apology last June wasn’t very sincere.


Whitefish hopes the Lac La Ronge Indian Band will appeal this decision.


He says the FSIN will offer any support it can to help the band in its appeal.