There's a Truth to Be Told | Trailer
To be released Spring 2015. A documentary about the 60's scoop in the Splatsin community.
Executive Producer/Director: Dr. Raven Sinclair
Producer/Director: Deanna Leon
Videographer/Photographer: Aaron Leon
Editor: Tricia Cooney, Forest House Productions
is a 5 year SSHRC funded project (2016-2021) which seeks to understand how Canada’s Indigenous Policy– from the residential school era, through to today’s Child Welfare system, has resulted in a national Indigenous Child Removal System (ICRS). Our focus will be on policies between the late 1940s and 1985, which created a system of Indigenous Child Removal that goes beyond the “60’s Scoop” to include the ongoing overrepresentation of Indigenous children living away from their families, communities and culture as adoptees and ‘wards’ of the Canadian government.
Through archival research and interviews with Indigenous Adoptees, Foster survivors, Foster and Adoptive Parents, and professionals in the field of Indigenous Adoption and Child Welfare/Removal our project will begin the much-needed process of mapping Indigenous Child Removal in Canada.
Bi-Giwen: Coming Home – Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop
The first of its kind, our newest exhibition, explores the experiences of Survivors of the Sixties Scoop, which began in the 1960s and continued until the late 1980s, where Indigenous children were taken from their families, often forcibly, fostered and/or adopted out to non-Indigenous homes often far away from their communities and some across the globe. Developed in partnership with the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, this innovative and challenging Exhibition features the first-person testimonies of twelve Indigenous Survivors of the Scoop, and reflects upon their enduring strength and resilience.
Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh (Raised somewhere else)
A 60s Scoop Adoptee’s Story of Coming Home
By Colleen Cardinal
During the 60s Scoop, over 20,000 Indigenous children in Canada were removed from their biological families, lands and culture and trafficked across provinces, borders and overseas to be raised in non-Indigenous households.
Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh delves into the personal and provocative narrative of Colleen Cardinal’s journey growing up in a non- Indigenous household as a 60s Scoop adoptee. Cardinal speaks frankly and intimately about instances of violence and abuse throughout her life, but this book is not a story of tragedy. It is a story of empowerment, reclamation and, ultimately, personal reconciliation. It is a form of Indigenous resistance through truth-telling, a story that informs the narrative on missing and murdered Indigenous women, colonial violence, racism and the Indigenous child welfare system.
As recognized by the federal government and recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, there is significant inter-generational trauma within our First Nations communities because of the legacy of the 'Sixties Scoop' and residential school system. These traumas impede our children's performance in formal educational settings, has instilled a deep fear of structured educational systems and has resulted in a response of resistance to their educators and peers outside of their own community.
The Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada consists of two very unique programs. Our Pass The Feather program works to protect endangered Aboriginal art forms and empower Aboriginal artists and our Sharing Circle | Feather Bundle Workshops are a one of a kind activity where participants will create their own bundle while learning Indigenous ways of interpreting the responsibility of animals, equality, the power of sharing circles and the effects of the Sixties Scoop and intergenerational trauma.
To learn more about the Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada | Pass The Feather, click here.