Sixties Scoop Network Hosts Fourth National Survivors Gathering

Sixties Scoop Rally

Published September 20, 2018

Calls Upon Canada to  Fund Repatriation and Compensate Métis and non-Status Survivors

OTTAWA — On Wednesday, the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network began its fourth national Bi-Giwen Gathering at Waupoos Farm outside Ottawa. As the Gathering begins, the Network is calling upon Canada to commit to continue funding survivor-led healing and repatriation, and to arrive at a just settlement with Métis and non-status survivors of the Sixties Scoop.

The gathering will bring together over 60 Indigenous survivors of the Sixties Scoop for a weekend of healing, ceremony and workshops; to heal from the violence they endured when Canada systematically removed over 24 000 Indigenous children from their families into predominantly non-Indigenous foster and adoptive homes during the Sixties Scoop.

The Network – which is the only national organization working as and for Indigenous child welfare survivors- is emphasizing the need for survivor-led spaces and healing programs that support the most vulnerable Sixties Scoop survivors, and reminding Canada that its obligations to Sixties Scoop survivors do not end with the settlement.

Network Executive Director Colleen Cardinal states “Survivors are falling through the cracks of the system- especially survivors who are sex working, HIV+, homeless, incarcerated or living with addictions, unresolved trauma and mental health issues. We need spaces to come home to each other; and we need funding for survivors who wish to repatriate to the communities they were taken from.”

The recently approved Sixties Scoop Settlement will provide compensation to First Nations and Inuit Sixties Scoop survivors for the loss of culture they endured, but Canada has yet to announce compensation for Métis and non-status Indian survivors of the Sixties Scoop. The settlement will also provide an initial $50 million endowment to create a Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation, but Canada has made no commitment to fund healing or repatriation beyond this initial amount.

The Network is insisting that Canada owes compensation to Métis and non-status Sixties Scoop survivors for the federal policies that scooped them from their families and nations; and is committed to building an inclusive survivor movement and community.

Network President Elaine Kicknosway states: “We are very excited to welcome these Sixties Survivors to unceded Algonquin Territory- where we can share, understand and be united with one another- to know we’re not alone and to keep building our strong loving Sixties Scoop community.”

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