MEDIA ADVISORY 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 […]
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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 […]
On Friday in Saskatoon, the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan (SSISS) will participate in a national day of solidarity with a rally and march, beginning at noon at the Vimy Memorial bandstand near 20th Street and Spadina Crescent.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Sixties Scoop survivors hold a rally on Parliament Hill to show solidarity with fellow survivors across Canada. An estimated 20,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes between the late 1950s and 1980s, and were placed in foster care or adopted out to non-Indigenous families.
The rally in Ottawa is part of the first Sixties Scoop national day of solidarity called for by the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (NISCWN). The eight other cities holding rallies are Montreal, Winnipeg, Victoria, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, and Whitehorse.
Colleen Cardinal and Duane Morrisseau-Beck, two of NISCWN’s co-founders, address the crowd, along with several survivors. (March 16, 2018) (no interpretation)
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A series of rallies across the country were held Friday in support of survivors of the Sixties Scoop, with some advocating for a better settlement than the one announced last fall by the federal government. That settlement aims to compensate all First Nations and Inuit children who were removed from their homes and communities — and lost their cultural identities as a result — between 1951 and 1991. The National Indigenous survivors of Child Welfare network organized the rallies to push back against the proposed $800-million settlement.
Sask. government says apology coming 'as soon as possible' following consultations.
Rallies across the country happened Friday for survivors of the 60s Scoop.
About three dozen people stood in the cold wind on Parliament Hill, an event organized by the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (NISCWN).
They wore purple arm bands, a healing colour in some Indigenous cultures.
The event was in part about healing for the thousands of Indigenous kids that were taken from their homes and put with non-Indigenous people.
Survivors of the ’60s Scoop converged in Canadian cities Friday to draw attention to the historical injustice they say the government hasn’t gone far enough to address.
The rallies took place in nine Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal and Whitehorse.
In the 1960s, Indigenous children were plucked from their homes and placed into non-Indigenous households. While the government has attempted to address the historic wrong through negotiating a national settlement with survivors, the current iteration of that settlement does not extend to Métis and non-status Scoop survivors.
Many survivors and experts on the Sixties Scoop have spoken of the devastating impact this part of Canadian history has had on First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.
The Sixties Scoop was a period of time in Canada where many Aboriginal children were taken from their families by child welfare agents and placed in predominantly non-Indigenous homes.
Many survivors have spoken about how this process almost killed their cultural identity.
“I didn’t even know I was Cree,” said survivor Melissa Parkyn, originally from Moosomin First Nation. “I lost a lot, but I am fortunate to be here today to tell my story.”
At a rally in Saskatoon, many carried signs that read, “No Metis, no non-status, no settlement,” “Let us tell our stories” and “Stolen children equals cultural genocide.”
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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: