Moving Towards Reconciliation
Moving Towards Reconciliation: Nation-to-Nation
A Different Approach: Reconciliation for Métis Nation Sixties Scoop Survivors
The Métis Nation and the Government of Canada are working on a nation-to-nation basis to reconcile the wrongs perpetrated against the people of the Métis Nation during the Sixties Scoop.
On March 19, 2018, at the Métis Nation Permanent Bilateral Meeting between the Métis National Council and Government of Canada, where a number of priorities for the Métis Nation was discussed, including the Sixties Scoop, David Chartrand, Métis Nation Minister of Social Development, called upon the federal government for a Métis Nation specific process guided and informed by Métis Survivors leading to reconciliation. After the bilateral meeting, a working group was formed that set out to develop and implement and engagement process that would here from as many survivors possible to inform the reconciliatory and settlement process.
The five pillars of reconciliation are as follows: reparations; apologies from provincial and federal governments; commemorations that include remembrance and education; accountability that involves acknowledgement and transparency of mistakes made by policy makers, government officials and law enforcement; and healing of survivors.
These five pillars were the focus of integral discussions with survivors and form the basis of reconciliation.