Message from Leadership
Greetings from President Clément Chartier
Métis National Council
I would like to personally welcome each of you to the Métis Nation Sixties Scoop website. It is a significant time for the Métis Nation as we continue to seek justice for our people, particularly those whose lives have been impacted by the Sixties Scoop era.
Discussions with those directly affected have taken place over the past couple of months, through a series of six engagement sessions beginning with the National Symposium that was held in Winnipeg in October of 2018. We have heard from over 200 survivors and what we heard is informing the Metis Nation and is providing direction on moving towards a resolution for Métis survivors. This advice is aimed at addressing the hurtful consequences of Canada’s child welfare removal systems on our citizens, our families, our communities and the Métis Nation as a whole. The process envisioned by the Métis Nation leadership is a process that is survivor-led and informed.
To Sixties Scoop Survivors and their families: you are the leaders, have the vision, knowledge and experience to pave our way into our Nation’s collective future. My personal respect and gratitude go out to each and every one of you. Thank you for your contributions.
Greetings from President David Chartrand
Manitoba Metis Federation
Métis Nation Minister Responsible for Social Development
For generations, our people have been at the mercy of the provincial and federal governments. Forced to suffer and endure their laws, their legislation and regulations. Decisions that have been made that have had a lasting impact on our people and the generations of Métis children that follow will not go undone.
Reconciliation of our Sixties Scoop Survivors is paramount. It is our responsibility as your Métis Government to right the wrongs that you have suffered. To represent you going forward. To seek restitution on your behalf for the cultural genocide that has been endured.
Going forward we seek justice, we seek to correct and rectify the history of the blatant disregard of our people and the contributions we have made in the founding of this great country of ours. As the provincial and federal governments have failed you time and time again, your Métis Government stands strong behind you. We will not fail you.
Message from the Métis Nation Sixties Scoop Co-Chairs
Francis Chartrand and Duane Morrisseau-Beck
Welcome and thank you for visiting our newly redesigned Métis Nation Sixties Scoop website.
We are confident that the new website will greatly improve our ability to communicate with you.
The website is a central hub for all things related to the Métis Nation’s Sixties Scoop reconciliation efforts. A collection of resources is readily available to assist Métis Nation Sixties Scoop survivors and families in their repatriation efforts.
The website includes links to provincial government post-adoption department services within the jurisdiction of the Métis National Council (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia). In addition to accessing some birth information, survivors will be able to register with post-adoption registries to determine if there are family members searching for them.
A fundamental piece of repatriation is the recognition of Métis Nation citizenship. This website provides links to Métis provincial government websites where you can learn how to apply for Métis citizenship.
It is important for us to mention that you are not alone. In any of these or other supports you may need, identified are key contacts in each of the Métis provincial governments to support you. Your coming home process must be memorable. Be assured if you are not able to reach the key contact person on your first call, leave a message. They will call you back.
To ensure we are able to connect with Métis Nation Sixties Scoop Survivors the website features a National Sixties Scoop database. We want to be able to connect with you directly on matters important to you. Please take the time to register for an account. If you have other family members stolen, be sure they register separately from you. If you have problems registering, please call 1-800-928-6330 ext. 532 for support.
On a final note, we want to both convey our deepest respect for our Métis Nation Sixties Scoop survivors and their families. Métis Nation children, now adults, were stolen from their parents, a practice that continues today. We pray for our survivors each day for their safe return and for those that have left us, we honour and miss you.
Enjoy the new website.
Vice-President, Northwest Metis Council, Manitoba Metis Federation
Minister of Health and Early Learning Child Care
Senior Sixties Scoop Advisor, Métis National Council