Solidarity with Camp Justice Wascana Park
Sixties Scoop Survivors Network Stands With Camp Justice for Our Stolen Children (Ottawa - Unceded Algonquin Territories) The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network stands in solidarity with Camp Justice for Our Stolen Children in Wascana Park on Treaty Four territory, as well as the Healing Camp for Justice on Treaty Six territory and the solidarity camp in Tkaronto.
From all across the country, our membership and board of Sixties Scoop Survivors has been inspired by these camps as they stand up for the rights of our future generations to live on our lands without fear of violence from Canadians, the police, and from colonial child welfare systems.
Camp Justice for Our Stolen Children began following the acquittals of Tina Fontaine and Coulten Boushie’s murderers. The acquittal of Peter Khill in the murder of Jon Styres demonstrates that the non-Indigenous people in ‘Canada’ continue to murder Indigenous people with impunity. We stand with camp JOSC in demanding an end to this violence; and in honoring the memory of Tina Fontaine, Coulten Boushie, Jon Styres, and all other Indigenous youth, women, men, Two Spirit, Trans people and Girls stolen from our communities.
Currently, 70 percent of male youth incarcerated by correctional services in Saskatchewan are Indigenous; many of these youth in custody are survivors of the child welfare system. The Network will continue to stand with Camp Justice for Our Stolen Children by calling for an end to the criminalization of Indigenous youth
The Saskatchewan government under Scott Moe and now Brad Wall have promised an apology to Sixties Scoop survivors for the harm and cultural losses they and their families endured due to Indigenous child removal systems. Despite these promises, the provincial government called for police action against the JOSC, and today launched a court action against the camp. The Network stands with Camp JOSC’s peaceful assertion of Indigenous jurisdiction and Treaty rights; and demands that the Moe government cease all court actions against Camp JOSC.
The Network supports the Camp JOSC’s calls for the Saskatchewan government to take decisive action to end colonial child welfare policies that have led to Indigenous children making up 85% of children in foster care in Saskatchewan. This would entail an overhaul of current child welfare policies under the direction of Indigenous communities who are most impacted by current policies that continue to steal future generations and perpetuate harm in the lives of Indigenous children, youth and adults. Meaningful apologies are not possible without justice.