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National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, NISCW

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Our Story

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.

Meet the NISCW Network Team

Colleen Cardinal, director, National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network

Colleen Cardinal

Colleen Hele- Cardinal is a Plains Cree from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, AB and she currently resides on Algonquin Territory - Ottawa.

Colleen is an Indigenous adoptee of the 60's scoop, daughter of a residential school survivor and has had two women murdered in her family.

She organizes with Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) and Indigenous Adoptees based in Ottawa. She speaks publicly and candidly about murdered and missing Indigenous women and the impacts of the 60’s Scoop drawing critical connections between genocidal colonial policies and her lived experiences and those of women in her family.

She believes that sharing her story is an important part of her healing journey in addition to raising awareness and building solidarity and understanding within Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Colleen is a co-founder of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network formerly Indigenous Adoptee Gathering Committee and organized two successful national Indigenous Adoptee Gatherings in Ottawa 2014 & 2015. Colleen is currently in post-production on a documentary The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation, which follows the intergenerational effects of colonial child welfare policies in the families and lives of Indigenous adoptees.

Colleen is a sought after dynamic, engaging speaker who has spoken all over Turtle island to diverse audiences seeking to understand MMIW2SG and colonial child welfare policies, historical violence and impacts of Indigenous people and community organizing at a grassroots level. 

Duane Morrisseau-Beck, National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, NISCW

Duane Morrisseau-Beck

Duane Morrisseau-Beck is a Métis from Manitoba and has lived in Ottawa, Ontario since 1999. Since 1994, Duane has been a strong advocate for Indigenous health and social issues at the community and national level.

Duane’s bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has lead him to a number of volunteer and community leadership roles. Today, Duane is currently on a federal interchange program where he serves as the Senior Manager for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples on a community engagement and national awareness project focused on prevention of violence towards Indigenous Women and Girls.

Duane continues to volunteer his time to important causes, most notably, the issues related to the ‘60s scoop era where he is involved in initiatives currently taking place across the country.

Duane spends his free time enjoying the outdoors, engaging in his music abilities and spending time with his partner, family and friends.

Elaine Kicknosway, National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, NISCW,

Elaine Kicknosway

Elaine Kicknosway is a Swampy Cree woman from the “people of the Rock”, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She is Wolf Clan and mother of Theland Kicknosway.
Elaine is a traditional singer, dancer and helper; and a survivor of multiple forms of interpersonal and colonial violence(s) over her lifetime.
She supports and facilitates drumming circles, ceremonies, talking circles, discussions and community spaces to heal the intergenerational impacts of residential schools, the 60’s Scoop, and contemporary child welfare systems.
In her work with Indigenous families, Elaine draws upon sacred ancestral teachings and her relationship to the Great Spirit. Her expertise is well-known in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across the Capital Region and beyond.
Vicky Boldo, National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network

Vicky Boldo

 Born in British Columbia and raised on Vancouver Island, is a transracial adoptee from the ‘60’s Scoop Era – although she was placed for adoption at birth she is a strong ally to the survivors of this time. Vicky is of Cree/Coast Salish/Métis heritage. Vicky is a registered energy medicine practitioner (ANQ) and has a certificate in journalism for Concordia. She is passionate about effecting change in policy, education and attitudes in social work, health care and education for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

She is highly involved in and around the city as Co-Chair of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK. Vicky sits on the board of the Native Women’s Shelter, on the board of Montreal’s First People’s Justice Centre as Vice-president and is on the (Police Service of Montreal) SPVM Aboriginal Advisory Committee. Most recently, Vicky was hired as Cultural Support Worker (Elder) for Concordia University’s Aboriginal Student Resource Centre. In 2016 she resigned from her coordinator position in women’s reproductive medicine with McGill University Health Centers (MUHC) to pursue her passions within the Urban community full-time.

Vicky has presented her personal healing journey in Australia and throughout Canada, at the 2nd International Indigenous Voices in Social Work in Winnipeg in 2013 and regularly guest lectures at schools, universities and colleges as well as to child and family services and public and private sector organizations.

She is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 4. The healing journey that Vicky has been on for over 25 years has brought her to a place of strength and compassion. Her joy in living is matched by her desire to give back to the community. The drum and song has empowered her to use her voice for those, young and old, still caught in a “muted” system.

Photo credit:  Janet Best

Next Steps...become a member.

Becoming a member of NISCW Network means connecting to others that have similar stories.

You are not alone.

Next Steps...DONATE.

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

Next Steps...contact us.

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