By Kelly Geraldine Malone THE CANADIAN PRESS WHITECAP, Sask.- Survivors of a residential school that housed Metis children in Saskatchewan have filed a proposed a class-action lawsuit against the federal and provincial governments. The Ile-a-la-Crosse Residential Boarding School opened in the 1820s and operated for more than 100 years in the northern village. It burned down in the 1970s. “All we asked was to be treated fairly as survivors,” said Louis Gardiner, who began attending the school when he was five years old. Gardiner told a news conference Tuesday that he was identified at the school by a number, not his name. He said survivors of the school experienced abuse and a loss of culture and language. “If we were caught speaking our language, the strap was there.” Survivors of
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