Île-à-la-Crosse Residential Boarding School Survivors receive MN–S backing

January 24, 2023 – Survivors of the Île-à-la-Crosse residential school have launched a new court action and received backing from Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S).

MN–S Vice President Michelle LeClair is joined by Survivors and intergenerational survivors of Île-à-la-Crosse residential school at a media conference on January 24, 2023, at Whitecap Dakota First Nation

While their numbers dwindle as each day passes, residential school survivors turned out in force to signify unity at a media conference at Dakota Dunes today. The Survivors’ group has filed a proposed class action suit naming Canada and Saskatchewan as defendants. As the government representing Métis in the province, MN–S provides the support necessary for our Survivors to proceed.

The unified group hopes it spurs both Canada and Saskatchewan government representatives to join them at the table to work toward a quick resolution that recognizes the harms suffered by the survivors, failing which the case will be litigated in court.

Watch the January 24, 2023 media conference here.

A media release is available here. Background material is here. 

More information about the Île-à-la-Crosse Survivors group can be found at, and more information about the lawsuit can be found at

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