deal has been reached to no longer delay the national ‘60s Scoop class-action settlement agreement, APTN Newshas learned. The agreement between lawyers means there will be no more appeals or attempts to appeal the court-approved agreement, says a letterobtained by APTN. That means the $875-million […]
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 […]
Sixties Scoop Survivors to Canada and Law Firms: Renegotiate National Settlement Fees Now, Give Back Remaining Funds to Survivors!
(Ottawa/Unceded Algonquin Territory – June 25, 2018) – The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network is dismayed that the Sixties Scoop settlement is in jeopardy because of Justice Belobaba’s June 21, 2018 decision to accept the settlement but reject the legal fees. We are concerned that the success of the Settlement now hinges upon three law firms and Canada agreeing to renegotiate the legal fees.
The Network wishes to remind everyone that this case is about survivors, yet Canada and the law firms are jeopardizing survivors’ interests. As a result, Network Director Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin states: “Sixties Scoop survivors are sitting here in limbo yet again waiting on a colonial system to recognize us.”
The Network and Sixties Scoop Survivor organizations across the country are calling upon Canada and the legal firms to de-link the legal fees from the settlement and renegotiate now. The Network and allied organizations are also demanding that Canada apply any money saved from legal fee renegotiations directly towards the Healing Foundation or to individual payments to Survivors.
If an agreement is not reached, an estimated 22 000 eligible First Nations and Inuit survivors of the Sixties Scoop will lose the opportunity to be compensated for cultural loss and we will lose the proposed Sixties Scoop healing foundation that would serve over 30 000 survivors.
The Network will continue to call for a just settlement for Metis and non-status survivors of the Sixties Scoop as well. Network Director Nadine Delorme states “These settlements do not apply to me as I am Métis and also because Indian or Métis status was removed from me intergenerationally. When we heard of the settlement process lagging and defaulting intentionally by the Crown and Canada, we started to prepare to rally in solidarity with all the Survivors who still want to come home and so that there is a home for them to come back to safely.”
The Network will be announcing later this week a national rally date, on which Survivors and their allies will demand that Canada and the law firms take the necessary steps to approve the Sixties Scoop Settlement.
For more information, please contact:
Elaine Kicknosway, President and Co-Founder, NISCWN Cell: (613) 864-9016
Colleen Cardinal, Coordinator and Co-Founder, NISCWN Cell: (613) 407-7057
Nadine Delorme-Simon, Director, NISCWN Cell: (647) 458 0924
Vicky Boldo, Director, NISCWN Cell: (514) 210-6663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sixties Scoop Survivors Network Welcomes National Settlement, Demands a Quick Renegotiation of Legal Fees and a Just Settlement for Métis and Non-Status Survivors (Ottawa/Algonquin Territory – June 21, 2018) – The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network welcomes the announcement yesterday […]
Dear friends, Based on what we continue to learn about the proposed settlement, we have decided it is our responsibility to ensure that all survivors have as much information as possible to make informed decisions about the settlement, to know the difference between objecting and […]
Posted on October 10, 2017by Sixties Scoop Lawsuit We invited lead lawyer Jeffery Wilson to clarify questions being asked. We set out the Sixties Scoop Lawsuit questions and Jeffery’s answers: Question: Can I still sue the children’s aid societies and the Ontario government for the […]
National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network news conference | October 10, 2017 In response to exclusion of Métis and non-status Survivors being excluded from class action settlement. [gview file=”http://niscw.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/NISCW-Press-Release-Oct-10.pdf”] Please follow and like us:
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 Child Welfare Network (NISCW) is reminding Canada that it owes reparations to all survivors- including Métis – and that survivors need to be directing healing efforts.
What: Indigenous Survivors Respond to Sixties Scoop Settlement.
When: Tuesday, October 10, 10am.
Where: Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill.
Who: The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network.
Why: As Sixties Scoop Survivors, we are the experts on healing.
Media Advisory: Network Coordinator Colleen Cardinal’s message to Canada: “Canada committed genocide against Indigenous peoples by trafficking Indigenous bodies through the colonial child welfare system during the Sixties Scoop. Canadians still benefit from our loss of land, language and culture, but this settlement is an important step towards addressing Canada’s crimes. We will continue to stand with Métis survivors in seeking justice for all Sixties Scoop Survivors. We will stand up for healing programs by and for Survivors- national gatherings, supports for restoration of culture and language, and repatriation – so that all survivors of the Sixties Scoop can come home.”
Thousands of Indigenous children were removed from their families by Canada during the Sixties Scoop. In February 2017, Ontario Sixties Scoop survivors won a landmark class action lawsuit. Justice Belobaba’s finding that Canada had breached its ‘duty of care’ by removing Indigenous children from their families and nations led to the out-of-court negotiations that culminated in the proposed settlement.
The Network is demanding that Canada fund Sixties Scoop survivor organizations and to work towards an inclusive reparations package for all survivors.
Network Director Duane Morrisseau-Beck states: “Now is our time as survivors to assess what we need to heal and move forward. All of us – First Nations, Métis, and Inuit survivors – need to be leading this process and consulted on further steps. No other National Aboriginal Organizations have been providing the support and healing work needed by survivors. Indigenous families are still affected by violence from the state. Now is the time to ensure these ties are no longer broken.”
Colleen Cardinal, Coordinator and Co-Founder, NISCW Cell: (613) 407-7057
Duane Morrisseau-Beck, Director and Co-Founder NISCW Cell: (613) 252-2226
Elaine Kicknosway, Director and Co-Founder, NISCW Cell: (613) 864-9016
Colleen Cardinal of National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, “Money can’t buy back culture.” https://youtu.be/_cszX51H8qE Colleen Cardinal of National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, “Money can’t buy back culture.” News and Movement Please follow and like us: