March 11, 2019 (Ottawa, Ontario) – Engagement sessions across the Métis Homeland hosted by Métis Nation Governing Members will be held over the next two months for Métis survivors of the ‘Sixties Scoop’.
As a follow up to the National Symposium on Métis 60s Scoop Survivors that brought together Métis survivors and their families, held in Winnipeg on October 19-21, 2018, these engagement sessions will hear further from Métis 60s Scoop survivors from across Canada. These engagement sessions will help inform the federal government in addressing the legacy of the 60s Scoop on the Métis and to reconcile its harmful effects.
The engagement sessions will be held in the following locations:
Manitoba Metis Federation
March 15-17, 2019 – Swan River, Manitoba
March 22-24, 2019 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Métis Nation of Alberta
March 29-31, 2019 – Edmonton, Alberta
Métis Nation – Saskatchewan
April 5-7, 2019 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Métis Nation of Ontario
April 12-14, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario
Métis Nation British Columbia
April 26-28, 2019 – Richmond, British Columbia
Métis 60s Scoop survivors and their families are encouraged to participate and can find information on all the sessions at www.sixties.scoop.metisportals.ca or by calling toll free: 1-800-928-6330 ext 532.
At each engagement session, Métis 60s Scoop survivors and their families will be hosted in a safe, respectful, culturally based environment. It is an opportunity for survivors to meet with other survivors and to access support and counselling if required.
The ‘Sixties Scoop’ scans an era from the 1950s through 1990s during which thousands of Indigenous children were apprehended by provincial Child and Family agencies, placed in foster homes and adopted by non-Indigenous families throughout Canada and the United States. In 2016, the federal government announced that it would settle numerous civil lawsuits related to the Sixties Scoop initiated by First Nations and Inuit in Canada.
“This is one of many ways that survivors will have the opportunity to share their insights into the development of a Métis Nation Sixties Scoop resolution. It is important to us that survivors are given every chance to join in and be heard to help shape how this work will be done,” says Clément Chartier, President of the Métis National Council.
“We know our survivors have suffered and continue to struggle with the trauma experienced at the hands of Canada. The intergenerational impacts are still being felt by our families and survivors today,” states David Chartrand, Métis National Council Vice-President and Minister of Social Development, noting that healing the survivor will heal the family, community and ultimately bring peace to the Métis Nation.
While the First Nations and Inuit have achieved reconciliation through civil action lawsuits against Canada, the Métis Nation is taking an unprecedented approach to reconciliation based on its nation-to-nation relationship with Canada. These engagement sessions will inform the Métis Nation on how it works with Canada on this issue to advance reconciliation concerns.
All media are invited to the sessions.
For more information contact:
Ms. Kelly Patrick Media Liaison for Sixties Scoop
Contact: (416) 262-4981