We put the Sixties Scoop… InFocus.
That was the Federal Government’s practice of taking about 20,000 Indigenous children and fostering, or adopting them into non-Indigenous homes.
Some as far away as the United States and Europe.
It happened between the late 1950s and well into the 80s, but the impacts are still felt today.
Now, Canada is offering a compensation worth $800 million dollars, for status Indians.
This Agreement-In-Principal excludes non-status and Metis.
Today’s guests include Coleen Rajotte, filmmaker and an adoptee herself, also an advocate for survivors of the Sixties Scoop.
And Marlene Orgeron, also an adoptee. Garth Myers, lawyer at Koskie Minski LLP, in Toronto explained some of the legalities of the A-I-P and took in some heated questions from our guests.
The discussion proved important to talk about, and one thing was clear: it won’t be going away anytime soon.
The settlement for compensation being referenced in the show is Canada-wide. It includes claimants from 1951-1991, but excludes non-status Indians and Metis, a talking point in this episode of In-Focus.
If you were part of the Sixties Scoop and eligible to receive compensation from the Federal Government, you can call the Koskie Minsky law office in Toronto at 1-855-595-2626 to submit your claim.
You can also send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org