June 22, 2021 — Saskatoon, Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatchewan — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) executive says very important work has begun to find and commemorate the unmarked graves of thousands of First Nations children who were forced to attend Indian residential schools in Saskatchewan and did not make it home. The Government of Canada has announced today that it will provide the FSIN with $4.88 million in funding from the $27.1 million set aside for Calls to Action 74 to 76. These funds will help with research, knowledge gathering and the initial ceremonies related to the burial sites of children who never returned from residential schools to their Indigenous communities. The funding will also help communities gather the information necessary to guide appropriate ground penetrating radar work.
The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.