Separation and Reunion: Manitoba Métis mother and son, come together after decades apart

When a stranger sat down across from him one day in May 1997, Duane Morrisseau-Beck had no way of knowing the depth of the bond they were about to forge. That stranger was his mother.

Geraldine Beck had given birth to Duane in a taxi cab 28 years earlier, in Ste. Rose du Lac, Man.

Before she could check him out of the hospital, a social worker came into her room and said Duane was being put into foster care, something she maintains she never consented to.

Duane was soon adopted by a family in The Pas, Man. Geraldine was 16 years old and hailed from the nearby Métis community of Crane River.

She already had another baby at home, but she says she didn’t worry about being able to take care of her children because her grandmother was there to help.

On the day she and Duane finally met in 1997, Geraldine had only recently learned that her story was not unique.

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