Frequently Asked Questions
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Seek counselling if you are sad, depressed, or angry. Talk to someone. We encourage survivors to utilize the counselling services offered to them. For those survivors who have shared their stories and are experiencing depression and or anxiety, for immediate telephone support or to book an in-person counselling session, please call 1-833-638-4720. Please reference ‘1960’ to access services related to the Métis Nation Sixties Scoop.
Searching and meeting family members is a very stressful time in a survivor’s life. It is important that you try not to do this alone. There are a few ways to find family members.
The first recommended approach is to locate the post-adoption registry in the province you were born in. The process entails connecting with an official (phone or email), providing them with some information so they can put that information into their database. It takes a number of weeks for a response. If there are family members looking for you, there will be a match, you will then be notified and a process of engagement will be offered to you. For this process it will be important to work with your Métis Nation Governing Member Sixties Scoop Liaison as repatriation with biological family members can be difficult and requires additional supports for you and your biological family members.
Another approach is through the citizenship process. Once you have accessed the appropriate documents from the province or territory you were born in that connects you to the Métis Nation, (original and/or live birth certificate) you may find the names of family members through the genealogy process that you can then turn into a search process. The Métis community is very connected and someone in the community may know one or more of your family members. The use of the internet and social platforms may also be a good resource for helping you search. For this process, you will want to ensure you work with your Métis Nation Governing Member Sixties Scoop Liaison to ensure support is provided for you and your family.
The Métis National Council, through its Governing Members, have been asked by the Government of Canada to consult with Metis survivors led by the MNC Governing Members in the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia
The People of the Metis Nation are represented by the five governing members of the Metis National Council. There is only one Metis People. There is only one Metis Nation. In accordance with our traditions, the Metis Nation has chosen to negotiate rather than litigate regarding the Metis Sixties Scoop.
Negotiation accords with our tradition. It represents a conciliatory process consistent with reconciliation. In this case, negotiation is an opportunity for Canada to reconcile with us for the wrongs perpetrated against our People. Unlike litigation, negotiation is a Survivor-led process focused on five-pillars: reparation, apology, commemoration, accountability, and healing.
Unfortunately, there are a number of groups causing confusion. These groups proport to represent Metis interests, choose litigation rather than negotiation, and, most troubling, dismiss the direction given to the Metis Nation from Metis Sixties Scoop Survivors. These groups are currently launching a class action lawsuit.
One of the lead counsels for the National Settlement Agreement has publicly stated that due to a “lack of records available” that can identify Métis children taken, the Métis Nation is not a part of the Settlement Agreement. This is an absurd statement that insults the Métis Nation and Survivors. The Provincial and Federal governments had no difficulty in identifying Métis children and scooping them, yet these same children are excluded because of a supposed “lack of records available” that identified who they were and where they came from. This justification does not withstand scrutiny and is an unsound argument; it does not excuse the federal and provincial governments of their constitutional obligations and duty towards the Métis Nation and reconciliation with Indigenous people.
In November of 2017, the Government of Canada announced an agreement in principle for Sixties Scoop survivors.
In the agreement, only Status Indians and Inuit, or those eligible to be registered as Status Indians or Inuit are permitted to receive a settlement. Métis and non-status Indians are not eligible and are not be compensated under this agreement.
Since November 2017, the Federal Government has determined that Métis children were taken from their families and this separate process acknowledges this.
While the Métis National Council is aware that individuals are choosing to pursue their own litigation against the federal government, it does not support these legal pursuits by individual parties. The federal government has already acknowledged that there is an outstanding grievance that must be reconciled with the Métis Nation. The Métis National Council will continue to work in co-operation with Canada and develop a framework to reconcile the Sixties Scoop for Métis Survivors.
Agreement and Settlement
The Métis National Council operates under a collective basis and is recognized as the self-governing body that represents the collective inherent rights and interests of the Métis Nation under Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. Individuals who choose to pursue their own individual legal interests are free to do so using their own resources and will not be included in the collective agreement reached by the Métis National Council.
The Métis Government agrees, for far too long the Métis Nation has been overlooked from reconciliation efforts. With the acknowledgement from the federal government that a mistake was made, the Métis National Council will work Nation-to-Nation to resolve this issue based on principles of respect, cooperation and understanding. Negotiation will expedite the process as opposed to entering litigation (class action lawsuits)
On October 6, 2017, The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada announced an $800 million financial settlement for First Nation and Inuit survivors of the Sixties Scoop. The Métis Nation was excluded from this settlement, leaving Métis survivors of this past wrongdoing in the dark as if our families, our children, our people, and our Nation never experienced the devastation. Canada has acknowledged that the settlement agreement may address the claims of First Nations and Inuit, but it does not close the chapter of the Sixties Scoop for the Métis Nation.
The National Settlement for First Nations and Inuit was an agreement negotiated by prominent legal firms and lawyers stemming from multiple class-action litigation and lawsuits across Canada. The approach for the Métis Nation is substantially different in that the Métis Nation has chosen to negotiate rather than litigate with the Government of Canada.
The Métis Nation negotiation process will be led and informed through a series of engagements and consultations with Métis Citizens and Survivors to ensure reconciliation is informed and led by Métis Sixties Scoop Survivors.
The Sixties Scoop Foundation is consulting with child welfare experts, organizations and Survivors in the development of their mandate. The Foundation was created as a result of the First Nation and Inuit Settlement Agreement negotiated in 2017 with the federal government.
Although the Foundation is consulting with various stakeholders across Canada, the Métis National Council (MNC) is not directly involved in these proceedings and is advising Métis survivors not to attend. The MNC will pursue Métis specific healing and support for Survivors that will meet their needs through a negotiated process with the federal government.