NISCW Network Calls on Canada to Provide Repatriation Support and Compensate Métis and Non-status Survivors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sixties Scoop Survivors Network Welcomes Settlement; Calls on Canada to Provide Repatriation Support and Compensate Métis and Non-status Survivors
(Ottawa/Algonquin Territory – August 13,2018) – The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network welcomes the approval of the national Sixties Scoop Settlement, and acknowledges the enormous hard work and dedication of Chief Marcia Brown and Wilson-Christen.
The Network is insisting, however, that Canada owes compensation to Métis and non-status Sixties Scoop survivors for the federal policies and funding arrangements that scooped them from their families. The Network recommends that Canada and the newly formed Healing Foundation fund repatriation for survivors who wish to be able to return to their communities and nations, and make ongoing investments in Sixties Scoop healing in order to truly reconcile the harms it perpetrated.
Network Executive Director Colleen Cardinal states: “Canadians have yet to grasp the immense loss and impacts the 60s scoop child welfare policies had on generations of Indigenous children and their families as well as communities. No amount of money will compensate Sixties Scoop survivors for surviving cultural genocide, for assimilative child welfare policies meant to eradicate our Indigeneity. The Network will be there to support Sixties Scoop survivors in leading the dialogue when it comes to accepting apologies from Canada or forgiving the state.”
The Sixties Scoop Settlement will provide compensation of between $25 000- 50 000 each to an estimated 22 000 eligible First Nations and Inuit survivors of the Sixties Scoop for the loss of culture they endured from being removed from their families into predominantly non-Indigenous homes,, and will establish a National Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation with a $50 million endowment.
While the Foundation will serve all survivors of the Sixties Scoop, including Métis and non-status Indian survivors, settlement funds will only be available to First Nations and Inuit survivors. The Network is calling for Canada to compensate Métis and non-status Indian Sixties Scoop survivors.
Network Director Nadine Delorme expands: “The Agreement in Principle does not talk about Repatriation or offer funding or support to survivors or First Nations, Métis, and Inuit leadership to help Survivors to come home, and it does not even mention the Métis and non-status survivors who are excluded from the settlement. I still haven’t found my mother or brother Troy. I have ached with that loss for decades and my only solace is that I now live on my traditional lands. It is unjust that I and other Métis and non-status survivors are not eligible to receive compensation under this agreement. The Network is here to support Survivors who need to come home in safety, and we will continue to call on Canada to compensate survivors who were left out of this agreement, and work to decolonize the policies that scooped our families.”
The Network is calling for a coordinated outreach plan involving lawyers, Canada and frontline service providers to ensure that information reaches the most vulnerable Sixties Scoop survivors: those who are incarcerated survivors, living out of country, homeless, sex working, HIV/AIDS+, living with unresolved trauma and mental health issues, without access to healing supports, and/or without internet access. There is a need to ensure they have a decisive voice in the shape of the Healing Foundation and the the proper information on how to register or opt out of the settlement.
Network President Elaine Kicknosway states: “The Sixties Scoop is never over. This era continues to affect our personal lives, communities, families, territories and nations. The Network has been leading the work of Sixties Scoop, gathering strength in numbers and leading a national conversation about the ongoing effects of the 60’s scoop – the pain, loss of culture and language. The Network will continue to ask why compensation for some – but not all – of those affected by the Sixties Scoop? ”
For more information, please contact:
Elaine Kicknosway, President and Co-Founder, NISCWN Cell: (613) 864-9016
Colleen Cardinal, Executive Director and Co-Founder, NISCWN Cell: (613) 407-7057
Nadine Delorme -Simon Secretary, NISCWN Cell: 647 458 0924
Settlement Information for Survivors
Toll Free Sixties Scoop Support Line: