Hearings Underway for Sixties Scoop Settlement

Sixties Scoop Rally

From Canada 

Published May 11, 2018

Sixties Scoop Survivors Network Stands with those Testifying at Settlement Hearing; Demands Just Compensation for Métis and Non-Status Survivors

OTTAWA – As approval hearings for the Sixties Scoop Settlement began Thursday morning in Saskatoon, the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network is expressing its solidarity with all Sixties Scoop survivors testifying at or following these hearings. The Network is also demanding that Canada come to a just resolution with Métis and non-status Sixties Scoop Survivors and support repatriation services for out-of-province and out of country survivors.

Network Director Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin states “My prayers are for all survivors to stand united, strong and resilient in these difficult times.  The Sixties Scoop took our brothers and sisters away from us, let’s work together to bring each and everyone home.”

The proposed settlement would compensate over 20 000 First Nations and Inuit Sixties Scoop Survivors and establish a national Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation. Itdoes not include monetary compensation for thousands of Métis and non-status Indian Sixties Scoop Survivors.

If the settlement is approved, the proposed Healing Foundation would be open to all Sixties Scoop survivors. If this occurs, the Network is committing to working to ensure that Survivors incarcerated in Canada’s prison system, survivors experiencing homelessness, sex working, living with HIV/AIDS, living with unresolved trauma and mental health issues can access settlement funds and shape the direction of the Foundation.

Network Director Nadine Delorme, a 60’s Scoop survivor who came home in 2014 states: “The process of repatriation is almost non-existent for adult ‘transracial adoptees’ (Sinclair 2007). In personal experiences and in data collection, the issue is that many 60’s Scoop survivors were not born with treaty status because their parent may have lost status through being scooped also (intergenerational) and/or as residential school survivors. It seems to be a southern assumption that the numbers of 60’s Scoop survivors are small north of 60. The data verifies different variations of being “scooped”, which negates these assumptions.” (Delorme 2018).

The settlement was precipitated by Justice Belobaba’s ruling in Brown v. Canada that Canada breached its duty of care by removing Indigenous children from their families and cultures into non-Indigenous households between 1951-1991. This ruling establishes an important legal precedent against child removal systems that have taken generations away from their Indigenous communities.

Network President and co-founder Duane Morrisseau-Beck asserts: “Regardless of the outcome of the hearings, the Network will continue to work on healing and justice for all Sixties Scoop survivors, including those not compensated under the proposed settlement.”

The Network wishes to acknowledge the work of Marcia Martel Brown, who endured years of litigation with Canada. Regardless of the outcome of the hearings, the Network’s message to Canada continues to be that it is Sixties Scoop survivors, their communities and nations who will create justice.

Network Co-Founder and Vice President Elaine Kicknosway concludes: “As an AIM survivor, I know that I and we have lost so much. I understand those moments and traumas are still with us today. Going forward, we need to be gentle, respectful and understanding in order to realign with who we are as Indigenous peoples. I am humbled and honoured to be a witness and supportive to all survivors on this day so we can share safely “I’m not the only one.”

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