National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare

National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare

Providing leadership, support and advocacy for those affected by Indigenous child removal systems in Canada.



The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network is a coalition of Indigenous people (Métis, First Nation and Inuit) and organizations which provide leadership, support and advocacy for Indigenous people affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada - regardless of where they reside.

The NISCW Network is a not-for-profit organization comprised of an Indigenous board of directors. Each director has their own story of being apprehended by social services, being torn from their communities and families and placed in a non-Indigenous environment.

Your board of directors is here to assist survivors and their families.


To provide a national forum for the members of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network where they are free to express their needs and concerns on behalf of Indigenous people affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada.

To ensure access to services for Indigenous people affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada.

To publish relevant, accurate and up-to-date information to Indigenous people affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada


Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network – formerly the Bi-Giwen Indigenous Adoptee Gathering Committee, is a group of Indigenous adoptees that recognized the need to create a forum for other survivors - those that experienced foster care and inter-cultural adoption due to forced child welfare removal policy and practices during the era known as Sixties Scoop.

Since 2013, the NISCW Network has been involved in a number of initiatives, focusing on issues related to Indigenous Child Welfare reform both past and present. We have facilitated gatherings for survivors, organized rallies, ordered calls to action and advocated for our survivors. We will continue to work tirelessly for justice.

Tansi! Tawnshi! Tawow!  Shé:kon! Annii! Boozhoo! Kwey Kwey! ᐊᐃ


· The Network has hosted three national healing and cultural reclamation adoptee gatherings in 2014, 2015 and 2017. The Network ensures Indigenous adoptees have the appropriate healing supports, information sessions, and networking experiences in a culturally appropriate and land-based environment.

· The Network has successfully hosted a national solidarity rally for adoptees in 2016. The Network ensures that Indigenous adoptees are given a voice to share their collective stories on a national stage.

· The Network participated jointly with Origins Canada to present the Indigenous context of past adoption policy and practices in Canada to Members of Parliament and Senators in 2016. The Network ensures clear articulation of the historical context of the ‘60’s Scoop and the direct impacts on Indigenous adoptees and their families.

· The Network has hosted three fundraisers to supports projects agreed and supported by adoptees. The Network aims to have charity-status to finance special project and initiatives.

· The Network collectively provides workshops and presentations to individuals, organizations and institutions. The Network ensures that access to information is available and up-to-date on issues pertaining to Native Child Welfare issues.

· The Network is currently involved in the Pe-kiwewin (The act of coming home or arriving) Research Project, a project looking into the ‘60’s Scoop, lead by Dr. Raven Sinclair, University of Regina. The Network, as Knowledge Users, participates in the Indigenous investigative processes for evidence-based information.

· The Network is currently working with the Legacy of Hope on a ‘60’s Scoop exhibition and curriculum development. The Network ensures the collective experiences of adoptees is captured through a shared engagement process.

· The Network is involved in a Canadian Institute of Health Research- HIV Community Based Research project looking into the benefits of land-based healing. It is anticipated that if funded, the knowledge gained will assist in creating land-based healing project for Sixty Scoop adoptees dealing with Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder.

· The Network hosted a Pipe Ceremony and Community Feast in Ottawa. The intent of the event was to address the spiritual and emotional needs of Sixties Scoop adoptees who may experience trauma as a result of the Ontario Sixties Scoop class action law suit hearing and to extend ceremonial blessings to Marcia Brown, the lead plaintiff and her legal team as they make their presentation to the court.

· The Network incorporated on August 2, 2016 as a not-for-profit organization. The intent of this action is to enable the organization to enter into funding agreements with various partners and allow the Network to be the national voice for Indigenous members across Canada.


Become a member of the NISCW Network.


The NISCW Network is a non-profit organization that runs on volunteers. Funds are needed and are appreciated.


Would you like to share your story? Volunteer? Do you have questions? Please contact us.