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Brent, Legacy of Hope Foundation, exhibition,

University of Ottawa Location for Legacy of Hope | NISCW Network 60's Scoop Art Exhibition

On Thursday, September 28th at 4pm, survivors were invited to a private opening ceremony and feast for the exhibition "Bi-Giwen Honouring our Journeys – Truth-telling from the Sixties Scoop" in partnership with Legacy of Hope Foundation.

Our Survivors were transported from their gathering to the University of Ottawa where they experienced their own stories in this monumental art exhibition.

For more information and photos, please click here.

http://aptnnews.ca/2017/09/28/sixties-scoop-survivors-share-stories-on-their-discovery-of-being-indigenous/

APTN News | 60's Scoop Survivors Share Stories

http://aptnnews.ca/2017/09/28/sixties-scoop-survivors-share-stories-on-their-discovery-of-being-indigenous/

Sixties Scoop survivors share stories on their discovery of being Indigenous

Sept. 2017 | 3rd Annual Bi-Giwen Gathering

This September, Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network had their 3rd annual Bi-Giwen gathering where over 70 Survivors shared painful stories of apprehension and loss of culture.

The gathering was  4 day event in which Survivors were (re)connected with their culture through activities such as sweat lodges, drum making, trauma counselling and much more. For more details, photos and videos from the gathering, please click here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Conference: September 26, 2017 – 10am- Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

 

Indigenous Survivors to Trudeau: Dismantle Colonial Child Welfare Policies, Pay Reparations for the Sixties Scoop

(Ottawa, Algonquin Territory/September 25, 2017)

On the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (NISCW) – a new national Indigenous organization – are demanding that Canada provide reparations for the Sixties Scoop and end all colonial child welfare policies.

Read More Here

 

60's Scoop | Media Articles | Links Previous to 2017

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After seven years of delays, mostly as a result of appeals by Ottawa, the two sides will have a chance to present their arguments at a summary judgment hearing in the Ontario Superior Court on Aug. 23. Television ads will soon air on both the CBC and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network to advise other indigenous people who were part of the Sixties Scoop that they must opt out by April 22 if they don’t want to be part of the case.

The claim seeks combined damages of $100,000 for each person that is part of the class action. Similar suits have been launched in other provinces where the plaintiffs are waiting for the outcome of the Ontario case.

“Canada, under the previous [Conservative] government, wouldn’t sit down to talk with us. They were instructed ‘no dialogue, no mediation, nothing,’” Jeffrey Wilson, the lawyer for Ms. Brown Martel and the other class-action claimants, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/first-nations-seek-closure-for-sixties-scoop-with-class-action-suit/article29268037/


Raven Sinclair, 60s scoop, indigenous adoptee60s scoop, indigenous adoptee,Tue, Sep 2 – Raven Sinclair, an associate professor at the University of Regina, is one of the facilitators of an upcoming conference in Ottawa that will allow aboriginal children adopted during the 60’s and 70’s a chance to discuss their issues.

http://globalnews.ca/video/1538722/indigenous-adoptee-gathering-2014


opseu_aboriginal_circle, 60s scoop, indigenous adoptee

The OPSEU Aboriginal Circle is proud to support the Indigenous Adoptee Gathering that brings adoptees together in one place, to listen and validate one another`s experiences, foster healing, learning and networking in a safe environment.

http://www.opseu.org/event/indigenous-adoptee-gathering-2014


ANEWS-, 60s scoop, indigenous adoptee,

TWO DAY GATHERING FOR INDIGENOUS ADOPTEES & FOSTER CARE SURVIVORS OF THE ’60s SCOOP GENERATION The Indigenous Adoptee Gathering Committee will be hosting the first national “Bi Giwen Indigenous Adoptee Gathering 2014”, for Indigenous adoptees and foster care survivors. The gathering will take place in the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation on September 20th and 21st,2014 at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The focus of the gathering is to provide adoptees and foster care survivors, from across North America, a unique opportunity to be: (1) heard, listened to and have their lived experiences validated by other survivors; (2) be met ‘where they are at’ in acknowledgement that as survivors they are all at different places on their journey towards healing and wholeness; (3) prioritize community support while building to strengthen mutual and accountable relationships for the survivors’ safety and collective well-being; and; (4) build momentum towards a national grassroots, survivor-led, community-driven justice and healing movement to address impacts of colonial child welfare policies. The gathering will feature a series of workshops, presentations and evening activities, by survivors for survivors, with support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous volunteers. - See more at: http://anishinabeknews.ca/event/bi-giwen-indigenous-adoptee-gathering-2014/#sthash.rfRWl8nn.dpuf


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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/momentum-builds-for-gathering-of-aboriginal-adoptees-1.2743675

An upcoming gathering of aboriginal people who were adopted or lived in foster care as children is gathering momentum as organizers visited Regina to talk about their plans.

The event, set for Ottawa, is called the Indigenous Adoptee Gathering 2014 and takes place Sept. 20 to 21.

One of the organizers of the event is Lesley Parlane, who was adopted as a small child.

Parlane says the idea for the gathering arose when she and other friends, who were also adopted, discovered they had many things in common because of that background and felt that sharing their experiences and providing support could be valuable.

She said she wishes such a community was available to her, as she was growing up.

"It would have been good to get together with people like me," Parlane said. "My experience wasn't bad but it wasn't good either, but everybody had a different experience but where do you go with that?"

The gathering will offer a variety of healing circles, workshops, and talks by people who have also been adopted.

Parlane explained that she learned much about her own history - and family connections - when, as an 18-year-old applying to get her Status Indian documents, she was contacted by a Saskatchewan First Nation and told they had various records relating to her adoption and news that she had a number of sisters who had been looking to find her.

It was a lot of information to process all at once, Parlane said and it took several years for her to feel comfortable delving into her family history. Now she says, she has been visiting family on the Standing Buffalo First Nation on a regular basis for the past three years.

She is hoping the upcoming gathering will help others who may be facing similar situations.

The Ottawa event has enough room for 80 participants and is just over half full.

More information about the event is available on a Facebook page andonline, through this link.


http://aakdewin.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/indigenous-adoptee-gathering-60s-scoop-survivors/


cropped-trt-logos-facebookhttp://www.tworowtimes.com/opinions/letters/adoptees-on-the-healing-path/

hunderbird clan For Two Row Times Taking the Indian out of the Indian. Such is the kind of thing that the Children’s Aid Society did to thousands of native children when we were taken away from our birth families. Many were told to be quiet, told they were no good, told that they were worthless. Many grew up with childhood trauma, low self esteem. Many had an inferiority complex.

Later in life some ended up in prison, living on the street, psychiatric wards, and alcohol and drug addictions. Many native adoptees thought to ourselves: there is something missing in my life but I don’t know what it is. Loss of culture, spirituality, language and loss of Indian status.

In short an identity crisis and a feeling that we don’t belong. Also the fact that many were given the wrong birth records and information about who we really were and are. Some Metis adoptees were told that we were white and not native at all. Such is the way of assimilation. If we looked white then we were told that we were. All of this happened right up to the early 1980’s.

The same kind of thing happened to aboriginal children in Australia too. Many adoptees walked alone through life with a big gaping hole in their chests unsure what to fill it with. There were birth mothers and family members who thought they would never again see their children that were adopted out. But the creator brought back many of those “lost bundles” to their original homes.

Some adoptees are now going to first nations healing centres to deal with early childhood trauma. One of these is Enaahtig healing lodge and learning centre. It is just a half hour drive north west of Barrie, Ontario. A lot of adoptees are finding out about leaving drugs and alcohol behind them to have a better life.

Many also have found that their first nations culture, spirituality are taking the place of drugs, alcohol and low self esteem. I am a firm believer that we should follow our dreams and what our heart and spirit tell us. The creator gave each of us beautiful gifts that we may use to help each other and mother earth as well.

With love behind us we can do anything. Love is the most powerful thing in the whole universe.

Life itself is the most sacred of all of the gifts the creator gave us. And when we learn how to heal ourselves we learn then how to heal each other. Adoptees are not alone: the creator has always been with us and our birth families.

Finally we know who we are and where we come from: finally we have better self esteem. There is now a law suit against the Children’s Aid Society and the federal government about the abuses many first nations children went through. It is called thewww.sixtiesscooplawsuit.com.

I was looking at it and I was wishing that there was some kind of traditional feast or gathering for native adoptees and their families. It linked up to another website and guess what: it was about a traditional gathering for adoptees of the first nations. It is in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at the end of September.

It’s amazing how the creator answers our prayers and blesses us with good things. The social gathering is called the “Bigiwen Indigenous adoptee gathering 2014. The website address is www.indigenousadoptee.com


https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/6538010-indigenous-adoptee-gathering-2014-ottawa

Indigenous Adoptee Gathering 2014 OttawaA few of us got together and decided it was time to gather and share some knowledge, learn from each other and support each other. We have so much knowledge to share but with that knowledge we understand there is pain and healing that needs to happen.  Preperations are happening to make sure adoptees/survivors spiritual, emotional and physical needs are met so that that gathering is a safe enironment for all adoptees are in different places of healing. It is time to come together and talk, share and support each other on our journeys. This event is exclusively for adoptees and foster care survivors and created by adoptees/foster care survivors.September 20th and 21st, 2014  promises to be a weekend of sharing, healing, tears, hugs, ceremony, talking, listening, eating and laughter!To register as an adult adoptee or foster care survivor please visit our registration page:


http://www.turtleisland.org/discussion/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11794


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Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.22.08 AMBy: Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 02 2015

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/02/indigenous-children-removed-from-homes-in-the-1960s-just-now-beginning-to-heal.html

http://bcove.me/efhkziot


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Delegates at 3-day conference will also discuss how to plan a path forward

CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2015 5:50 PM CT Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015 2:26 PM CT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/sixties-scoop-adoptees-gather-at-university-of-winnipeg-to-share-heal-1.3165811


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60's Scoop topic of forum in Saskatoon Friday evening

Redress sought for mass adoption of aboriginal children into non-aboriginal families

CBC News Posted: Jun 13, 2015 5:30 AM CT Last Updated: Jun 13, 2015 5:30 AM CT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/60-s-scoop-topic-of-forum-in-saskatoon-friday-evening-1.3112302

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.36.58 AMUBC Okanagan workshop with Raven Sinclair looks at social work in Aboriginal contexts

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 | 12:39 pm

http://www.kelowna.com/2009/10/23/ubc-okanagan-workshop-with-raven-sinclair-looks-at-social-work-in-aboriginal-contexts/


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Indigenous Adoptee Gathering in Kemptville is about healing and cultural realignment

Kemptville Advance

http://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/5795101-indigenous-adoptee-gathering-in-kemptville-is-about-healing-and-cultural-realignment/


60s scoop, indigenous adoptee,A LONG AND HEALING JOURNEY

A generation of indigenous children removed from their homes in the name of child welfare are recovering as adults

http://startouch.thestar.com/screens/dc47515e-3481-47cc-9c7f-952933fcf7fa%7C~Pk~KJAK_NZT.html


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Aboriginal foster children gather

CBC News: Ottawa at 6:00

There's a special gathering in Ottawa this week for aboriginal people who, as children, were taken by child welfare officials and adopted by non-aboriginal families.

(Waubgeshig Rice)

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2674495373


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Ottawa adoptees gathering helps reclaim culture and identity

http://aptn.ca/news/2015/08/25/ottawa-adoptees-gathering-helps-reclaim-culture-and-identity/

Indigenous Sixties Scoop adoptees want meeting with Canada's new government

Group says invite sent in December to discuss Sixties Scoop, no response from PM or ministers

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News Posted: Feb 11, 2016 1:08 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016 3:32 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/indigenous-adoptees-seek-action-1.3442299

Adopted in Sixties Scoop, man comes to gathering hoping to meet long-lost sister

Conrad Prince was reunited with his mother and brother in 2000 before his mother passed away

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/adopted-in-sixties-scoop-man-comes-to-gathering-hoping-to-meet-long-lost-sister-1.3166866

By Sarah Lawrynuik, CBC News Posted: Jul 24, 2015 3:45 PM CT Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 12:39 PM CT

Sixties Scoop adoptees looking for their own reconciliation

http://aptn.ca/news/2015/07/24/sixties-scoop-adoptees-looking-for-their-own-reconciliation/

Apology to 60s Scoop Survivors InFocus

http://aptn.ca/news/2015/09/23/apology-to-60s-scoop-survivors-infocus/

Sixties Scoop adoptee recounts growing up in Jewish Montreal family

Born Cree in Saskatchewan, Nakuset grew up in a very different world

By Nakuset, for CBC News Posted: Mar 15, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 15, 2016 5:00 AM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/real-talk-on-race-point-of-view-nakuset-1.3483377

Unsealed records could hold answers for Sixties Scoop adoptees

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/hoping-to-finally-learn-the-truth-311545611.html

Sixties Scoop: 'They just wanted to remove an Indian child into a white home'

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 17, 2015 3:43 PM CT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/sixties-scoop-they-just-wanted-to-remove-an-indian-child-into-a-white-home-1.3117815

Real Talk on Race: Life after the Sixties Scoop

Posted: Mar 15, 2016 11:16 AM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/programs/daybreak/real-talk-on-race-life-after-the-sixties-scoop-1.3492064

 

Agenda:

Bi Giwen: Coming Home Exhibition Opening Ceremonies

Co-presented by: Legacy of Hope Foundation and National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network

Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa.

 

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MC's: Vicki Boldo, National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network and Co-Chair of the Montreal Urban               Aboriginal Community Strategy Network

Craig Phillips, Vice-Dean, Governance and Secretary, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

 

4:00 pm Leroy Bennett

Smudge the space

Pipe Ceremony and Blessing of room

4:10 Opening and Welcome to Algonquin Territory:

Elder Claudette Commanda, Algonquin Anishnabeg, Kitigan-Zibi. Elder in Residence at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

4:15 Welcoming Remarks from the University:

Jacques Fremont, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. Former Chair, Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission

4:20 Bi-Giwen Exhibition Organizer Remarks: Legacy of Hope

Richard Kistabish, President and Chairperson, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Algonquin from Abitibiwinni First Nation

4:25 Opening from Elder:

Parmalia Bourgie, Metis Nation.

4:30 Bi-Giwen Exhibition Organizer Remarks: National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network

Colleen Cardinal, Co-Founder, National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, Saddle Lake Cree First Nation.

4:35 Opening words from Elder:

Sally Webster: Inuit elder, Baker Lake

4:40 Words from Bi-Giwen Exhibition Participants:

4:40 Nina Segalowitz

4:45 Brent Mitchell

4:50 Sharon Gladue

4:55 Closing:

Leroy Bennett – drum song

(for those that are gone; those who could not make it, those who are struggling)


MEDIA ADVISORY

Indigenous Survivors to Canada: End Colonial Child Welfare Policies, Provide Reparations

for the Sixties Scoop

Press Conference: September 26, 2017 – 10am- Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

(Ottawa, Algonquin Territory/September 20, 2017) As Canada continues to celebrate its 150th

birthday, Indigenous people who have survived its child welfare systems are gathering in Canada’s

capital to find strategies for healing together from the ongoing traumas and cultural losses created by

colonial child welfare policies.

Beginning on September 27, 2017, the 3rd National Bi-Giwen Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare

gathering will bring over 75 Indigenous people from all over Canada, the US and New Zealand to

Waupoos Farm, just outside Ottawa for a weekend of workshops, healing and ceremonies in a landbased

setting.

At present, more Indigenous children remain in child welfare custody than at the height of

residential school enrollment in 1956.

Gathering organizer and National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network co-founder

Colleen Hele-Cardinal states that the Sixties Scoop and present child welfare policy constitute

“crimes committed by the State against Indigenous people - the stealing of Indigenous children,

erasure of culture and identity - for access to the lands and resources which Canada is built on.”

In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada’s Indigenous child welfare funding

formulas were systematically racist for providing incentives to remove Indigenous children from

their families rather than adequately funding preventative services. In February 2017, Ontario Sixties

Scoop survivors won a class action lawsuit. The presiding judge found that Canada had forcibly

severed Sixties Scoop survivors from their aboriginal rights, communities and nations.

The Trudeau government has yet to introduce policy to reform First Nations Family and Child

Services or address the ongoing traumas created by the Sixties Scoop.

The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network is a newly incorporated 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. In July 2017, NISCW co-founder Duane Morrisseau-Beck traveled to the United Nations in

Geneva to ask the UN Expert Mechanism to take action in support of Indigenous children and

survivors.

As the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls continues to be

criticized for failing affected families and communities, the Bi-Giwen gathering offers an alternate

model of healing and reconciliation by and for survivors. Attendees include family members of

MMIWGTS who have experienced firsthand the failures of the National Inquiry.

The Directors of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare have a clear message to

Canada: “We call upon Canada to stop the practice of apprehending Indigenous children at

alarmingly high rates. Sixties Scoop survivors are looking for reparations and acknowledgement of

Canada's role in our displacement, loss of culture and identity, and trauma. We call the government

to action so that all Indigenous survivors of child welfare can begin to heal and work towards

reconciling these injustices.”

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Hele-Cardinal (819) 215- 3497


60's Scoop | Media Articles | Links

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After seven years of delays, mostly as a result of appeals by Ottawa, the two sides will have a chance to present their arguments at a summary judgment hearing in the Ontario Superior Court on Aug. 23. Television ads will soon air on both the CBC and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network to advise other indigenous people who were part of the Sixties Scoop that they must opt out by April 22 if they don’t want to be part of the case.

The claim seeks combined damages of $100,000 for each person that is part of the class action. Similar suits have been launched in other provinces where the plaintiffs are waiting for the outcome of the Ontario case.

“Canada, under the previous [Conservative] government, wouldn’t sit down to talk with us. They were instructed ‘no dialogue, no mediation, nothing,’” Jeffrey Wilson, the lawyer for Ms. Brown Martel and the other class-action claimants, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/first-nations-seek-closure-for-sixties-scoop-with-class-action-suit/article29268037/


Raven Sinclair, 60s scoop, indigenous adoptee60s scoop, indigenous adoptee,Tue, Sep 2 – Raven Sinclair, an associate professor at the University of Regina, is one of the facilitators of an upcoming conference in Ottawa that will allow aboriginal children adopted during the 60’s and 70’s a chance to discuss their issues.

http://globalnews.ca/video/1538722/indigenous-adoptee-gathering-2014


opseu_aboriginal_circle, 60s scoop, indigenous adoptee

The OPSEU Aboriginal Circle is proud to support the Indigenous Adoptee Gathering that brings adoptees together in one place, to listen and validate one another`s experiences, foster healing, learning and networking in a safe environment.

http://www.opseu.org/event/indigenous-adoptee-gathering-2014


ANEWS-, 60s scoop, indigenous adoptee,

TWO DAY GATHERING FOR INDIGENOUS ADOPTEES & FOSTER CARE SURVIVORS OF THE ’60s SCOOP GENERATION The Indigenous Adoptee Gathering Committee will be hosting the first national “Bi Giwen Indigenous Adoptee Gathering 2014”, for Indigenous adoptees and foster care survivors. The gathering will take place in the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation on September 20th and 21st,2014 at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The focus of the gathering is to provide adoptees and foster care survivors, from across North America, a unique opportunity to be: (1) heard, listened to and have their lived experiences validated by other survivors; (2) be met ‘where they are at’ in acknowledgement that as survivors they are all at different places on their journey towards healing and wholeness; (3) prioritize community support while building to strengthen mutual and accountable relationships for the survivors’ safety and collective well-being; and; (4) build momentum towards a national grassroots, survivor-led, community-driven justice and healing movement to address impacts of colonial child welfare policies. The gathering will feature a series of workshops, presentations and evening activities, by survivors for survivors, with support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous volunteers. - See more at: http://anishinabeknews.ca/event/bi-giwen-indigenous-adoptee-gathering-2014/#sthash.rfRWl8nn.dpuf


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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/momentum-builds-for-gathering-of-aboriginal-adoptees-1.2743675

An upcoming gathering of aboriginal people who were adopted or lived in foster care as children is gathering momentum as organizers visited Regina to talk about their plans.

The event, set for Ottawa, is called the Indigenous Adoptee Gathering 2014 and takes place Sept. 20 to 21.

One of the organizers of the event is Lesley Parlane, who was adopted as a small child.

Parlane says the idea for the gathering arose when she and other friends, who were also adopted, discovered they had many things in common because of that background and felt that sharing their experiences and providing support could be valuable.

She said she wishes such a community was available to her, as she was growing up.

"It would have been good to get together with people like me," Parlane said. "My experience wasn't bad but it wasn't good either, but everybody had a different experience but where do you go with that?"

The gathering will offer a variety of healing circles, workshops, and talks by people who have also been adopted.

Parlane explained that she learned much about her own history - and family connections - when, as an 18-year-old applying to get her Status Indian documents, she was contacted by a Saskatchewan First Nation and told they had various records relating to her adoption and news that she had a number of sisters who had been looking to find her.

It was a lot of information to process all at once, Parlane said and it took several years for her to feel comfortable delving into her family history. Now she says, she has been visiting family on the Standing Buffalo First Nation on a regular basis for the past three years.

She is hoping the upcoming gathering will help others who may be facing similar situations.

The Ottawa event has enough room for 80 participants and is just over half full.

More information about the event is available on a Facebook page andonline, through this link.


http://aakdewin.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/indigenous-adoptee-gathering-60s-scoop-survivors/


cropped-trt-logos-facebookhttp://www.tworowtimes.com/opinions/letters/adoptees-on-the-healing-path/

hunderbird clan For Two Row Times Taking the Indian out of the Indian. Such is the kind of thing that the Children’s Aid Society did to thousands of native children when we were taken away from our birth families. Many were told to be quiet, told they were no good, told that they were worthless. Many grew up with childhood trauma, low self esteem. Many had an inferiority complex.

Later in life some ended up in prison, living on the street, psychiatric wards, and alcohol and drug addictions. Many native adoptees thought to ourselves: there is something missing in my life but I don’t know what it is. Loss of culture, spirituality, language and loss of Indian status.

In short an identity crisis and a feeling that we don’t belong. Also the fact that many were given the wrong birth records and information about who we really were and are. Some Metis adoptees were told that we were white and not native at all. Such is the way of assimilation. If we looked white then we were told that we were. All of this happened right up to the early 1980’s.

The same kind of thing happened to aboriginal children in Australia too. Many adoptees walked alone through life with a big gaping hole in their chests unsure what to fill it with. There were birth mothers and family members who thought they would never again see their children that were adopted out. But the creator brought back many of those “lost bundles” to their original homes.

Some adoptees are now going to first nations healing centres to deal with early childhood trauma. One of these is Enaahtig healing lodge and learning centre. It is just a half hour drive north west of Barrie, Ontario. A lot of adoptees are finding out about leaving drugs and alcohol behind them to have a better life.

Many also have found that their first nations culture, spirituality are taking the place of drugs, alcohol and low self esteem. I am a firm believer that we should follow our dreams and what our heart and spirit tell us. The creator gave each of us beautiful gifts that we may use to help each other and mother earth as well.

With love behind us we can do anything. Love is the most powerful thing in the whole universe.

Life itself is the most sacred of all of the gifts the creator gave us. And when we learn how to heal ourselves we learn then how to heal each other. Adoptees are not alone: the creator has always been with us and our birth families.

Finally we know who we are and where we come from: finally we have better self esteem. There is now a law suit against the Children’s Aid Society and the federal government about the abuses many first nations children went through. It is called thewww.sixtiesscooplawsuit.com.

I was looking at it and I was wishing that there was some kind of traditional feast or gathering for native adoptees and their families. It linked up to another website and guess what: it was about a traditional gathering for adoptees of the first nations. It is in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at the end of September.

It’s amazing how the creator answers our prayers and blesses us with good things. The social gathering is called the “Bigiwen Indigenous adoptee gathering 2014. The website address is www.indigenousadoptee.com


https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/6538010-indigenous-adoptee-gathering-2014-ottawa

Indigenous Adoptee Gathering 2014 OttawaA few of us got together and decided it was time to gather and share some knowledge, learn from each other and support each other. We have so much knowledge to share but with that knowledge we understand there is pain and healing that needs to happen.  Preperations are happening to make sure adoptees/survivors spiritual, emotional and physical needs are met so that that gathering is a safe enironment for all adoptees are in different places of healing. It is time to come together and talk, share and support each other on our journeys. This event is exclusively for adoptees and foster care survivors and created by adoptees/foster care survivors.September 20th and 21st, 2014  promises to be a weekend of sharing, healing, tears, hugs, ceremony, talking, listening, eating and laughter!To register as an adult adoptee or foster care survivor please visit our registration page:


http://www.turtleisland.org/discussion/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11794


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Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.22.08 AMBy: Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 02 2015

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/02/indigenous-children-removed-from-homes-in-the-1960s-just-now-beginning-to-heal.html

http://bcove.me/efhkziot


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Delegates at 3-day conference will also discuss how to plan a path forward

CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2015 5:50 PM CT Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015 2:26 PM CT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/sixties-scoop-adoptees-gather-at-university-of-winnipeg-to-share-heal-1.3165811


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60's Scoop topic of forum in Saskatoon Friday evening

Redress sought for mass adoption of aboriginal children into non-aboriginal families

CBC News Posted: Jun 13, 2015 5:30 AM CT Last Updated: Jun 13, 2015 5:30 AM CT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/60-s-scoop-topic-of-forum-in-saskatoon-friday-evening-1.3112302

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.36.58 AMUBC Okanagan workshop with Raven Sinclair looks at social work in Aboriginal contexts

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 | 12:39 pm

http://www.kelowna.com/2009/10/23/ubc-okanagan-workshop-with-raven-sinclair-looks-at-social-work-in-aboriginal-contexts/


60s scoop, indigenous adoptee,

 

 

 

Indigenous Adoptee Gathering in Kemptville is about healing and cultural realignment

Kemptville Advance

http://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/5795101-indigenous-adoptee-gathering-in-kemptville-is-about-healing-and-cultural-realignment/


60s scoop, indigenous adoptee,A LONG AND HEALING JOURNEY

A generation of indigenous children removed from their homes in the name of child welfare are recovering as adults

http://startouch.thestar.com/screens/dc47515e-3481-47cc-9c7f-952933fcf7fa%7C~Pk~KJAK_NZT.html


60s scoop, indigenous adoptee,

 

Aboriginal foster children gather

CBC News: Ottawa at 6:00

There's a special gathering in Ottawa this week for aboriginal people who, as children, were taken by child welfare officials and adopted by non-aboriginal families.

(Waubgeshig Rice)

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2674495373


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Ottawa adoptees gathering helps reclaim culture and identity

http://aptn.ca/news/2015/08/25/ottawa-adoptees-gathering-helps-reclaim-culture-and-identity/

Indigenous Sixties Scoop adoptees want meeting with Canada's new government

Group says invite sent in December to discuss Sixties Scoop, no response from PM or ministers

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News Posted: Feb 11, 2016 1:08 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016 3:32 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/indigenous-adoptees-seek-action-1.3442299

Adopted in Sixties Scoop, man comes to gathering hoping to meet long-lost sister

Conrad Prince was reunited with his mother and brother in 2000 before his mother passed away

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/adopted-in-sixties-scoop-man-comes-to-gathering-hoping-to-meet-long-lost-sister-1.3166866

By Sarah Lawrynuik, CBC News Posted: Jul 24, 2015 3:45 PM CT Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 12:39 PM CT

Sixties Scoop adoptees looking for their own reconciliation

http://aptn.ca/news/2015/07/24/sixties-scoop-adoptees-looking-for-their-own-reconciliation/

Apology to 60s Scoop Survivors InFocus

http://aptn.ca/news/2015/09/23/apology-to-60s-scoop-survivors-infocus/

Sixties Scoop adoptee recounts growing up in Jewish Montreal family

Born Cree in Saskatchewan, Nakuset grew up in a very different world

By Nakuset, for CBC News Posted: Mar 15, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 15, 2016 5:00 AM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/real-talk-on-race-point-of-view-nakuset-1.3483377

Unsealed records could hold answers for Sixties Scoop adoptees

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/hoping-to-finally-learn-the-truth-311545611.html

Sixties Scoop: 'They just wanted to remove an Indian child into a white home'

 

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 17, 2015 3:43 PM CT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/sixties-scoop-they-just-wanted-to-remove-an-indian-child-into-a-white-home-1.3117815

Real Talk on Race: Life after the Sixties Scoop

Posted: Mar 15, 2016 11:16 AM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/programs/daybreak/real-talk-on-race-life-after-the-sixties-scoop-1.3492064

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Brent, Legacy of Hope Foundation, exhibition,

Agenda:

Bi Giwen: Coming Home Exhibition Opening Ceremonies

Co-presented by: Legacy of Hope Foundation and National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network

Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa.

 

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MC's: Vicki Boldo, National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network and Co-Chair of the Montreal Urban               Aboriginal Community Strategy Network

Craig Phillips, Vice-Dean, Governance and Secretary, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

 

4:00 pm Leroy Bennett

Smudge the space

Pipe Ceremony and Blessing of room

4:10 Opening and Welcome to Algonquin Territory:

Elder Claudette Commanda, Algonquin Anishnabeg, Kitigan-Zibi. Elder in Residence at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

4:15 Welcoming Remarks from the University:

Jacques Fremont, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. Former Chair, Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission

4:20 Bi-Giwen Exhibition Organizer Remarks: Legacy of Hope

Richard Kistabish, President and Chairperson, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Algonquin from Abitibiwinni First Nation

4:25 Opening from Elder:

Parmalia Bourgie, Metis Nation.

4:30 Bi-Giwen Exhibition Organizer Remarks: National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network

Colleen Cardinal, Co-Founder, National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, Saddle Lake Cree First Nation.

4:35 Opening words from Elder:

Sally Webster: Inuit elder, Baker Lake

4:40 Words from Bi-Giwen Exhibition Participants:

4:40 Nina Segalowitz

4:45 Brent Mitchell

4:50 Sharon Gladue

4:55 Closing:

Leroy Bennett – drum song

(for those that are gone; those who could not make it, those who are struggling)


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Indigenous Survivors to Canada: End Colonial Child Welfare Policies, Provide Reparations

for the Sixties Scoop

Press Conference: September 26, 2017 – 10am- Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

(Ottawa, Algonquin Territory/September 20, 2017) As Canada continues to celebrate its 150th

birthday, Indigenous people who have survived its child welfare systems are gathering in Canada’s

capital to find strategies for healing together from the ongoing traumas and cultural losses created by

colonial child welfare policies.

Beginning on September 27, 2017, the 3rd National Bi-Giwen Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare

gathering will bring over 75 Indigenous people from all over Canada, the US and New Zealand to

Waupoos Farm, just outside Ottawa for a weekend of workshops, healing and ceremonies in a landbased

setting.

At present, more Indigenous children remain in child welfare custody than at the height of

residential school enrollment in 1956.

Gathering organizer and National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network co-founder

Colleen Hele-Cardinal states that the Sixties Scoop and present child welfare policy constitute

“crimes committed by the State against Indigenous people - the stealing of Indigenous children,

erasure of culture and identity - for access to the lands and resources which Canada is built on.”

In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada’s Indigenous child welfare funding

formulas were systematically racist for providing incentives to remove Indigenous children from

their families rather than adequately funding preventative services. In February 2017, Ontario Sixties

Scoop survivors won a class action lawsuit. The presiding judge found that Canada had forcibly

severed Sixties Scoop survivors from their aboriginal rights, communities and nations.

The Trudeau government has yet to introduce policy to reform First Nations Family and Child

Services or address the ongoing traumas created by the Sixties Scoop.

The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network is a newly incorporated 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. In July 2017, NISCW co-founder Duane Morrisseau-Beck traveled to the United Nations in

Geneva to ask the UN Expert Mechanism to take action in support of Indigenous children and

survivors.

As the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls continues to be

criticized for failing affected families and communities, the Bi-Giwen gathering offers an alternate

model of healing and reconciliation by and for survivors. Attendees include family members of

MMIWGTS who have experienced firsthand the failures of the National Inquiry.

The Directors of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare have a clear message to

Canada: “We call upon Canada to stop the practice of apprehending Indigenous children at

alarmingly high rates. Sixties Scoop survivors are looking for reparations and acknowledgement of

Canada's role in our displacement, loss of culture and identity, and trauma. We call the government

to action so that all Indigenous survivors of child welfare can begin to heal and work towards

reconciling these injustices.”

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Hele-Cardinal (819) 215- 3497