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Demand that the Government of Saskatchewan Acknowledge the Survivors of Timber Bay School


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For decades Timber Bay School survivors have been denied recognition and compensation by the government due to a series of technicalities. The school operated from 1952-1994 and has been denied designation as an official Residential school because federal funds were transferred to the Province of Saskatchewan who then paid the church(es) to run the school. It has also been denied designation as a Federal Indian Day School because the Timber Bay school is not located within the borders of a reserve, but lies just 18 km outside of Montreal Lake Cree Nation.


2,000 Indigenous children from across northern Saskatchewan attended during the school’s 42 year history. It is also known that several Indigenous children perished while trying to escape.


Despite the years of abuse and trauma endured by individuals forced to attend Timber Bay, school Survivors have received no recognition or compensation as either Residential School or Indian Day School Survivors and remain unacknowledged. The journey to Truth and Reconciliation must include survivors of Timber Bay and their families.


We call on the Government of Saskatchewan to recognize the Timber Bay school as a provincially run Residential School, release the school records to the Survivors, and offer the students of this school a formal apology and compensate the Survivors.


Sign this petition to demand action from the Government of Saskatchewan.