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Solidarity with Camp Justice Wascana Park

Solidarity with Camp Justice Wascana Park

Protesters camped in Wascana Park across from the Saskatchewan Legislature are calling for a second meeting with the provincial government. (CBC News) Sixties Scoop Survivors Network Stands With Camp Justice for Our Stolen Children (Ottawa – Unceded Algonquin Territories) The National Indigenous Survivors of Child […]

2018 Rally

2018 Rally

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 […]

Day of Solidarity

Day of Solidarity



“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 tealeyproducts@gmail.com

Al Harrington harringtonma20@gmail.com


March 16, 2018: Manitoba Legislative Building

Constance Calderwood (204) 290-8742 conniecalderwood@yahoo.com

Mark Walter Head (204) 620-8572 mwh19071@gmail.com


March 16, 2018, 12pm at Centennial/Spirit Square

Bill Stewart (778) 676 4326 nsssday@gmail.com


March 16, 2018. 12pm. Court of Queens Bench (520 Spadina Crescent East)

Mel Parkyn (306) 850-2559

Robert Doucette (306) 370-2465 r.doucette@simfc.ca


March 16, 2018 12pm: Edmonton Legislature Grounds

Judith Gale judi.gale@gmail.com


March 16, 2018. 12pm. Allen Gardens.


March 16, 2018. 12pm. Oppenheimer Park 400 Powell Street (@ Jackson Street)

Frank Delorme (604) 762-1290 frankdelorme54@gmail.com


March 16, 2018. 12pm at the Totem Pole (Main and Front st.)

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Day of Solidarity 2018

Day of Solidarity 2018

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 […]

Press Conference – September 26

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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

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Media Advisory | September 21, 2017

www.niscw.org // info@niscw.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 […]

Letter to Chiefs of Ontario request to meet 60s Scoop adoptees

Letter to Chiefs of Ontario request to meet 60s Scoop adoptees

Dear Chief Day,  Thank you for your recent statement “This decision will now set a precedent for others across the country seeking solace and justice. We know that much more healing needs to take place not only for the survivors, but for their children and […]

Letter to Minister Bennett to meet 60s scoop adoptee

          National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network
1805-440 Gloucester Street
Ottawa, ON
K1R 7T8
February 19 2017
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs 
House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
 Dear Minister:
The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (“the Network”) is writing this letter to request a meeting with you in light of the recent decision by Ontario Superior Court in favour of Indigenous plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit on behalf of Sixties Scoop adoptees. Although it represents just one small victory for the Ontario class of adoptees, thousands of adoptees and foster care survivors across the Nation are looking to the Liberal government for a far-reaching national resolution. Given your recent statements on CBCs The Current that you’d like to fix this issue by sitting down with survivors to talk about what really matters for us, we at the Network request a seat at the negotiation table.
The Network is unique, as it’s the only community-based adoptee-led organization working with Sixties Scoop adoptees & foster care survivors. We are intimately connected to hundreds of adoptees across Canada, the US, and overseas. From the grassroots work we initiated in 2014 with our first adoptee gathering, we’ve built strong relationships grounded in ceremony, understanding, respect, trust, and compassion for each other’s’ healing journeys. As a result, we are uniquely situated to work collaboratively with this government towards a national resolution for Sixties Scoop adoptees and foster care survivors. 
The Network is connected to urban and rural First Nations, Metis and Inuit adoptees & foster care survivors who’ve reached out to us over the years, looking for resources, friendship, and cultural reconnection. Our work is aimed not just at advocating and supporting adoptees and foster care survivors, but ensuring survivors and future generations are culturally connected, proud of who they are and where they came from, and have the necessary programs and services in place for wellness and healing to take place across Canada.
Our central concern in working towards a national resolution to ongoing litigation is that all impacted adoptees and foster care survivors are not just included, but centred and prioritized, in any discussions about their cultural losses and in strategizing ways forward. It’s vital that our voices are heard since it’s the survivors who know the impacts of the Sixties Scoop the best because we speak to it from our lived experiences. 
The goal of the Network’s inquiry is to ensure that Sixties Scoop survivors have a voice in all processes affecting their lives. The collective efforts of all parties are an important first step in the act of reconciliation that will help in healing processes, not just for the Sixties Scoop community, but for all parties involved. It’s our philosophy that each step we take together must be led by the Sixties Scoop community; decisions about us should include us, at all times.
I commend you Minister Bennett for taking on the enormous task of finding a fair resolution for survivors. We look forward to hearing back from you.
Colleen Hele-Cardinal, Elaine Kicknosway, Duane Morrisseau-Beck
The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P. Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission
National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
President Clément Chartier, Métis National Council and Provincial Affiliates
President Melanie Omeniho, Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak (Women of the Métis Nation)
Robert Bertrand, National Chief , Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
Francine Joe, Interim President, Native Women’s Association of Canada
Erin Corston, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres
Executive Director, Jennifer Henry, KAIROS-Ottawa
Executive of the General Council, General Secretary, United Church of Canada
Nathan Wright,COO, Chiefs of Ontario
Romeo Saganash, MP
Backgrounder on National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network
The NISCWN, was formed in September 2016, as a national voice to (a) Provide a national forum for the members of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network to express their needs and concerns on behalf of Indigenous people affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada; (b) Ensure access to services for Indigenous people affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada; and (c) Provide relevant, accurate and up-to-date information to Indigenous people affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada. For more information on who we are and what we do, go to www.indigenousadoptee.com.


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