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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sixties Scoop Survivors Rally Across Canada for Day of Solidarity (March 16, 2016 – Ottawa, Unceded Algonquin Territory) Today, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Sixties Scoop survivors will be hosting rallies in nine major cities across the country to speak out about […]
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“I’m not the Only One:” Sixties Scoop Survivors Unite for Day of Solidarity (Ottawa/Algonquin Territory – March 12, 2018)
On Friday March 16th, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Sixties Scoop Survivors will be hosting rallies in nine major cities across Canada as part of the National Sixties Scoop National Day of Solidarity. Responding to a call by theNational Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, these rallies will hold space for Sixties Scoop survivors to speak out, and advocate for a fair and just settlement for Métis and non-Status Sixties Scoop survivors.
The rallies will host a diversity of Sixties Scoop survivor voices about the crimes committed against them by Canada. Network Coordinator Colleen Cardinal states: “Survivors voices need to be heard and validated, we hope to create space for survivors to come out and voice their concerns in a public forum and in solidarity with other survivors across Canada.”
Network Director Vicky Boldo states: “These rallies will be yet another way for the Network to stand in supportive solidarity with survivors in these times that can be so very confusing. My heart goes out to everyone for the rollercoaster that has been going on for far too long. I wish peace and healing to all affected, as no amount of money can truly provide this.”
To date, Canada has not announced a settlement process that includes Métis and non-status survivors, although the federal government has recently come to the table with the Métis National Council. On March 16th, Sixties Scoop Survivor communities will stand in solidarity to ensure all Survivor voices are heard, to share information, and to support Métis and non status survivors in their struggle for equitable justice.
Brent Mitchell, a Métis survivor, states: “I was taken from Pine Falls to New Zealand, where I had 14 nightmare years of abuse with foster parents. I want a face to face apology from Canada and proper compensation for my suffering and loss of my human rights.”
Network Director Nadine Ts’iiwo Helen Wasakahaw Delorme states: “Through the 60’s Scoop, my sense of self: identity, bonds, languages, culture and landscapes were eradicated intentionally through policy. Bill C-31 promised “no more enfranchisement” of Indians, especially women and children. Where are my inherent rights? I am a Denedeh Sovereign. They tried to erase me, my legacy and my history. They will not succeed this time! Hiy hit!”
The Network is demanding that Canada reform the colonial child welfare system and fund repatriation of 60s Scoop Survivors taken out of country. Network Director Duane Morrisseau-Beck concludes: “A lot of our people are still not home. The Healing Foundation is an important start, but we will continue to advocate for Canada to fund repatriation of overseas survivors and support Indigenous children in the system now.”
For more information, please contact:
Duane Morrisseau-Beck, Director and Co-Founder NISCWN Cell: (613) 252-2226
Elaine Kicknosway, Director and Co-Founder, NISCWN Cell: (613) 864-9016
Colleen Cardinal, Coordinator and Co-Founder, NISCWN Cell: (613) 407-7057
Vicky Boldo, Director, NISCW Cell: (514) 210-6663
Rally Locations Across Canada
March 16th, 2018: 11:30am-1:30pm on Parliament Hill
March 16, 2018: 12pm at Quartier Des Spectacles (Metro: Place des Arts)
Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin (514) 949 8325 firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Harrington email@example.com
March 16, 2018: Manitoba Legislative Building
Constance Calderwood (204) 290-8742 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Walter Head (204) 620-8572 email@example.com
March 16, 2018, 12pm at Centennial/Spirit Square
Bill Stewart (778) 676 4326 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 16, 2018. 12pm. Court of Queens Bench (520 Spadina Crescent East)
Mel Parkyn (306) 850-2559
Robert Doucette (306) 370-2465 email@example.com
March 16, 2018 12pm: Edmonton Legislature Grounds
Judith Gale firstname.lastname@example.org
March 16, 2018. 12pm. Allen Gardens.
March 16, 2018. 12pm. Oppenheimer Park 400 Powell Street (@ Jackson Street)
Frank Delorme (604) 762-1290 email@example.com
March 16, 2018. 12pm at the Totem Pole (Main and Front st.)
MEDIA ADVISORY: March 16th Sixties Scoop National Day of Solidarity: (January 29- Ottawa/Algonquin Territory) On March 16th, 2018, Sixties Scoop Survivors from across the country will be holding rallies as part of the first National Sixties Scoop Day of Solidarity. For more information, please contact: […]
MEDIA ADVISORY | Friday Oct 6 2017 Sixties Scoop Survivors to Canada: Fund Healing, Include Métis Survivors (Ottawa, Algonquin Territory, October 6, 2017) Media Advisory. Following Minister Carolyn Bennett’s announcement of an agreement in principle for a National Settlement for Sixties Scoop survivors today, the National Indigenous Survivors of […]
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Press Conference: September 26, 2017 – 10am- Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill
Indigenous Survivors to Trudeau: Dismantle Colonial Child Welfare Policies, Pay Reparations for the Sixties Scoop
(Ottawa, Algonquin Territory/September 25, 2017) On the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (NISCW) – a new national Indigenous organization – are demanding that Canada provide reparations for the Sixties Scoop and end all colonial child welfare policies. Nearly 20 000
Indigenous children were removed by their families by Canada during the Sixties Scoop; while more than 14,000 Indigenous children under the age of 14 remained in foster care by 2011.
Beginning on September 27, 2017, the Network is bringing together and in some cases- bringing home- Indigenous child welfare survivors trafficked by Canada as far as New Zealand to the Capital Region for the 3rd National Bi-Giwen Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare gathering, five days of land-based workshops and ceremony to heal from the ongoing traumas inflicted on them by Canada.
The Network’s leadership and survivors attending the gathering will hold a press conference on Parliament Hill on September 26.
Following Prime Minister Trudeau’s speech at the United Nations committing Canada to “dismantling old colonial structures”, the Network is reminding Trudeau that Indigenous child welfare survivors are leading the fight to dismantle Canada’s colonial child welfare system.
Network Co-Founder Colleen Cardinal’s message to Trudeau: “The stealing of Indigenous children, erasure of culture and identity are crimes committed by the State against Indigenous people for access to the lands and resources which Canada is built on. We would like the State to acknowledge their crimes and the harm they have created in survivors’ lives, and in the lives of their biological parents and extended families. Consultation and engagement led by survivors is needed, because we are the experts in knowing what we need to heal and move forward.”
Many Indigenous child welfare survivors are family members and loves ones of MMIWGTS, and the Network has seen first-hand how Canada’s National Inquiry has failed to investigate police violence and neglect towards Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people and failed to be accountable to families. Survivor-driven models of healing such as the Bi-Giwen Gathering and movements by families of MMIWGTS provide an alternate model for reconciliation. The Network has served as a model for provincial survivor organizations, including the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA).
In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the way Canada funds Indigenous child welfare is racist, because it provides incentives to remove Indigenous children from their families while underfunding community services. In February 2017, Ontario Sixties Scoop survivors won a landmark class action lawsuit. The judge’s finding - that Canada had systematically attempted sever Indigenous children from their families and Indigenous rights- has provided the legal groundwork for a National Sixties Scoop settlement.
During the Bi-Giwen gathering, healing begins from a land-based environment. Network Co-Director Vicky Boldo states: “NISCW has worked diligently since the beginning to provide a safe space for survivors to share their narratives and to heal outside of the confines of colonial constructs.
Each gathering has been organized on the values of being in relationship with the Land - in order to allow the survivors to experience the essence of the teaching of being in relation with all things. A concept that is sadly, all too often unknown to survivors as they were robbed of the opportunity to learn and grow from within their Indigenous families and communities.”
In July 2017, Network Co-Director Duane Morrisseau-Beck addressed the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People, asking the UN to demand that Canada end the mass removal of Indigenous children from their land and families and that Canada immediately implement Jordan’s Principle to correct funding inequities in family services. Morrisseau-Beck concludes: “Indigenous families are the backbones of our communities. When Indigenous families are affected by violence from the state, the strength between all of our families and our children are harmed. Now is the time to ensure these ties are no longer broken.”
For More Information Contact:
Colleen Hele-Cardinal, Co-Founder, NISCWN Cell: (613) 407-7057
Duane Morrisseau-Beck, Co-Director, NISCWN Cell: (613) 252-2226
www.niscw.org // firstname.lastname@example.org MEDIA ADVISORY Indigenous Survivors to Canada: End Colonial Child Welfare Policies, Provide Reparations for the Sixties Scoop Press Conference: September 26, 2017 – 10am- Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill (Ottawa, Algonquin Territory/September 20, 2017) As Canada continues to celebrate its […]
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