Effective July 11, 2021, Saskatchewan entered Step Three of the Re-Opening Roadmap and the public health order relative to COVID-19 was lifted. All restrictions related to the public health order were removed as of that date.

Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan's website have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow box in the right or left rail that resembles the link below. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found at:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

Software-based translations do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language. The Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Saskatchewan Provides $2 Million For Residential School Site Research

Released on June 18, 2021

Today, First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Minister Don McMorris announced that $2 million of provincial funding will be provided to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) to support research into undocumented deaths and burials on formerly federally operated residential school locations in the province.  The minister also called on the federal government to match this investment.

"In the wake of last month's discovery at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, it is clear that research and exploration into undocumented deaths and burials must be carried out in Saskatchewan," McMorris said.  "The $2 million announced today by the province of Saskatchewan will help ensure this work can begin, and help bring peace to those who suffered under the residential school system, and peace of mind to those who continue to suffer from its effects.  I strongly call upon the federal government to immediately match these funds and help carry out this vitally important work in the province of Saskatchewan."

The FSIN has already identified the former residential schools of Muskowekwan, Onion Lake St. Anthony's, Beauval, Guy Hill, Lebret and Sturgeon Landing as possible sites for research.  However, it is believed that the list of locations First Nations would like to investigate could increase.  The funding announced today will be used to support the research into these, and future sites.

Currently, the FSIN is putting together their approach to support First Nations and help carry out this research, as many Indigenous communities across the province have already announced their intention to carry out investigations into former school sites in their communities. 

"The Province of Saskatchewan has committed $2 million to begin the work and research necessary to bring these little lost souls some peace," FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said.  "It's a good start but much more will need to be done as Saskatchewan had one of the highest numbers of residential schools in the country.  This work will take years to complete and proper ceremony and protocol must be followed at every site.  Elders, knowledge keepers, survivors, their decsendents, and First Nations communities must be a part of this process every step of the way.  This work is vital for many of these survivors who have been sharing their stories for years.  We must come together to help them heal."

In May, the Government of Saskatchewan joined with the FSIN demanding the federal government take immediate action on this issue.

The residential school system operated in Canada for more than a century.  The federal government reports that 150,000 Indigenous children were removed and separated from their families and communities to attend these schools.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimates that approximately 20 federal residential schools operated in Saskatchewan from the 1880s to the 1990s.


For more information, contact:

Jay Teneycke
Ministry of Government Relations
Phone: 306-798-6095

We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve