Response to Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe’s apology to 60s Scoop survivors

National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network
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Ottawa, ON

www.sixtiesscoopnetwork.org

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January 7, 2019
Media Release

Response to Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe’s apology to 60s Scoop survivors

The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network would like to congratulate the Saskatchewan Indigenous Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan for their hard work and efforts in organizing and facilitating an apology from the province of Saskatchewan.

The Network would further like to extend our support to the 60s Scoop survivors who have waited decades for both acknowledgement and an apology from provincial leadership for the forced displacement and erasure of Indigenous identities that they have endured. We hope that these survivors find solace and peace from the apology given by Premier Moe in front of the Saskatchewan legislature today.

While Premier Moe acknowledges the widespread “pain and sadness” resulting from the 60s Scoop and the ways in which Indigenous peoples were subsequently “caught between two worlds”, systemic changes are still critically lacking. And still, most Canadians remain blissfully unaware of the intergenerational impacts of child apprehension practices of the past and present.

Beyond an apology, we would like to see concrete strategies to reintegrate those who have been dispossessed and displaced, as well as and tangible resources and supports for survivors who are still living with unresolved trauma from the physical, emotional, cultural, and sexual abuses they experienced at the hands of foster and adoptive families and within the child welfare system more broadly.

We are also acutely aware that just this past summer, provincial officials refused to meet with
Indigenous folks from the Justice for our Stolen Children camp in Regina and actually backed efforts to evict them from Wascana Centre, after nearly 200 days. We will continue to support grassroots efforts to illuminate the systemic racism imbedded in the child welfare system and to protest the continued removals of Indigenous children and youth from their homes and communities.

We see these past and present issues as deeply interconnected and linked to the dehumanization we have faced for generations by colonial leadership and policy makers. At the Network, we are committed to challenging and changing colonial child welfare policies which continue to wreak havoc and untold destruction on our ways of life and kinship networks across these lands known as Canada.

While the Network is based in Ottawa, our board members come from all over Turtle Island, and are primarily from the western and prairie provinces. Our priority continues to be providing non-crisis peer support, resources and information to 60s Scoop survivors via our toll-free line, 1-800-456-6060, and our annual national cultural gatherings for survivors held in Ottawa. The Network also prioritizes ways in which we can heal collectively in safe and supportive environments while building community capacity to relearn our languages and reclaim our ceremonies and traditions.

The Network has facilitated countless presentations in a diversity of academic, service provider, and community spaces across Canada to inform non-Indigenous and Indigenous people about the 60s Scoop, how it has impacted Indigenous people, but more importantly, what they can do to raise awareness and support 60s Scoop survivors and their families. And so, our work continues.

For more information please visit our website at https://sixtiesscoopnetwork.org/about/

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In solidarity and support for all Indigenous survivors of child welfare,

Colleen Hele-Cardinal

Executive Director & Co-Founder

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