National Rally 2018 Media

National Rally 2018 Media

On Friday in Saskatoon, the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan (SSISS) will participate in a national day of solidarity with a rally and march, beginning at noon at the Vimy Memorial bandstand near 20th Street and Spadina Crescent.

Sixties Scoop Survivors Unite for Day of Solidarity

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Sixties Scoop survivors hold a rally on Parliament Hill to show solidarity with fellow survivors across Canada. An estimated 20,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes between the late 1950s and 1980s, and were placed in foster care or adopted out to non-Indigenous families.

The rally in Ottawa is part of the first Sixties Scoop national day of solidarity called for by the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (NISCWN). The eight other cities holding rallies are Montreal, Winnipeg, Victoria, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, and Whitehorse.

Colleen Cardinal and Duane Morrisseau-Beck, two of NISCWN’s co-founders, address the crowd, along with several survivors. (March 16, 2018) (no interpretation)

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A series of rallies across the country were held Friday in support of survivors of the Sixties Scoop, with some advocating for a better settlement than the one announced last fall by the federal government. That settlement aims to compensate all First Nations and Inuit children who were removed from their homes and communities — and lost their cultural identities as a result — between 1951 and 1991. The National Indigenous survivors of Child Welfare network organized the rallies to push back against the proposed $800-million settlement.

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60s Scoop demonstrations unfold across the country

Rallies across the country happened Friday for survivors of the 60s Scoop.

About three dozen people stood in the cold wind on Parliament Hill, an event organized by the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (NISCWN).

They wore purple arm bands, a healing colour in some Indigenous cultures.

The event was in part about healing for the thousands of Indigenous kids that were taken from their homes and put with non-Indigenous people.

Skylar S., 15, and her sister Aponi, 12, right, whose mother is a Sixties Scoop survivor, hold signs during a national solidarity rally called by the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Survivors of the ’60s Scoop converged in Canadian cities Friday to draw attention to the historical injustice they say the government hasn’t gone far enough to address.

The rallies took place in nine Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal and Whitehorse.

In the 1960s, Indigenous children were plucked from their homes and placed into non-Indigenous households. While the government has attempted to address the historic wrong through negotiating a national settlement with survivors, the current iteration of that settlement does not extend to Métis and non-status Scoop survivors.

Several hundred people took to the streets in major cities across Canada on Friday to stand in solidarity with survivors of the Sixties Scoop.

Many survivors and experts on the Sixties Scoop have spoken of the devastating impact this part of Canadian history has had on First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.

The Sixties Scoop was a period of time in Canada where many Aboriginal children were taken from their families by child welfare agents and placed in predominantly non-Indigenous homes.

Many survivors have spoken about how this process almost killed their cultural identity.

“I didn’t even know I was Cree,” said survivor Melissa Parkyn, originally from Moosomin First Nation. “I lost a lot, but I am fortunate to be here today to tell my story.”

At a rally in Saskatoon, many carried signs that read, “No Metis, no non-status, no settlement,” “Let us tell our stories” and “Stolen children equals cultural genocide.”

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