MEDIA ADVISORY | FRIDAY OCT 6 2017
Sixties Scoop Survivors to Canada: Fund Healing, Include Métis Survivors
(Ottawa, Algonquin Territory, October 6, 2017) 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.
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