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Feds not taking steps to notify Indigenous people adopted out of country during ’60s scoop of settlement agreement

Robert Kasparek was adopted as part of the ’60s Scoop by an American family.

Kathleen Martens
A Mohawk man born in Canada but sent to the United States during the ’60s Scoop is worried people like him will miss out on compensation being offered by the national settlement agreement.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there are scoopers around the world,” said Robert Kasparek from his home in Los Angeles, CA.

“And they don’t know they’re Indigenous.”

There is no official tally of how many Indigenous children were adopted inside or outside Canada during the so-called ‘60s Scoop due to privacy reasons.

The Canadian government estimates 22,000 Indigenous children – First Nation, Métis, Inuit and non-status – were affected and raised by non-Indigenous families.

Nor is there an organization that speaks for those affected by the adoption program – only informal groups on social media that adoptees can join.

So Kasparek, who was raised by American parents in New York, is trying to connect with people like him via Facebook.

“I don’t know how many people like me there are but we should definitely qualify for compensation,” he said in a telephone interview.

Adoptees can apply for compensation by filling out a form available here until the end of August 2019 https://www.sixtiesscoopsettlement.info/

Doug Lennox, a lawyer with one of the firms in the class-action, said the settlement is only being advertised in Canada.

The promotion is being handled by Collectiva, a firm contracted by Ottawa.

He said it’s up to organizations, communities and individuals to help spread the word to eligible adoptees.

“There is advertising on TV and radio and websites. And there’s been some community outreach.”

But this class-action doesn’t have a mailing list of class members due to privacy protections around adoption, Lennox added.

“We asked (for this) and the government doesn’t have a list with mailing addresses of everyone who was scooped. In a case like this, it’s up to people to come forward and say, ‘I was scooped.’”

“It’s painful for some people to say they were part of this. They may not want to get involved.”

Others may not know they were adopted through this program or be aware of their Indigenous roots, added Kasparek.

“I grew up in Brooklyn and then moved to Connecticut. I had a very white upbringing.”

Adoptees can expect to receive between $20,000 and $50,000 each but forfeit their right to sue Canada for other damages.

The money comes from a $750-million compensation fund. An additional $50 million will establish a foundation and $75 million will cover lawyers’ fees.

Métis and non-status Indigenous children were also part of the program but are not included in this settlement agreement.



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3 Responses to “Feds not taking steps to notify Indigenous people adopted out of country during ’60s scoop of settlement agreement”

  1. gizelmigwans78@gmail.com'
    Gizel November 7, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    So since being brought up white isn’t nessasarily a bad abusive trauma situation for every single one of us. It occurred to me that those who been adopted out of country or not and stayed in Canada can still be eligible for compensation. If you lived a good life with your adpoted family and then come to terms with ones self and decided hey I qualify I’m going to apply. I know a whole lot of ppl in this situation. I’m like “but you except your family they are good to you and treat you no other way ” she says its 25 thousand dollars and I’m entitled. That’s sad !!!!

    • orion4phoenix@gmail.com'
      R. Kasparek November 9, 2018 at 4:27 am #

      What is really sad is that others judge the quality of life some of us were afforded and minimize what can only be called systemic Genocide…anyone who was taken was taken without protection of their rights. Just because they were oblivious to what was taken makes them no less victim.

  2. lcblood7@gmail.com'
    Cheryl November 6, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

    Yes they do not want to admit this because our Children were not to be adopted out of Country and these Genocidal Racists did this illegally another possible pending suit.

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