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No more delays: ‘60s Scoop settlement moves forward

Kathleen Martens
An agreement has been reached by lawyers that will no longer delay the national ‘60s Scoop class-action settlement agreement, APTN News has learned.

This means there will be no more appeals or attempts to appeal the court-approved agreement, says a letter obtained by APTN.

That means the $875-million settlement will have an implementation date of Dec. 1, 2018, say the letter signed by Catharine Moore, the lawyer for Canada.

Moore says the deal was reached after Canada and other respondents agreed not to sue opposing lawyers for legal costs.

The agreement was signed by Moore and 15 other lawyers over the past few days.

“Counsel executing this letter have discussed this agreement with their respective clients,” says the letter that was sent to the court Monday.

“Their respective clients agree to its terms and have confirmed that they will not take any further steps of any kind whatsoever to delay implementation of the settlement.”

The amount of the costs was not disclosed.

“We wrote to three different judges (Monday),” added Kirk Baert, a partner with Koskie Minsky – one of the legal firms that brokered the settlement agreement.

“Telling them of the agreement and that implementation would happen on December 1.”

This ends the attempts by a small group of adult adoptees to alter or halt the agreement, including questions about $75 million in legal fees.

The fees are going to four legal firms separately from the compensation to the Scoop survivors and had been a sticking point in the negotiations.

Survivors will share $750 million in individual compensation payments of between $25,000 and $50,000.

Ottawa has set aside another $50 million for a foundation dedicated to reconciliation initiatives.


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38 Responses to “No more delays: ‘60s Scoop settlement moves forward”

    Kelsey Wattendorf November 22, 2018 at 2:50 am #

    What about some of the people that were adopted to the usa and other countries? How are they to know anything about this? I was lucky and found my birth mother via social mieda and the told me about the Lawsuit. Also I do not think it is fair that by the time I see any of the settlement I will lose some to the conversion from Canadian to the U.S. dollar.Canada adopted ME to the U.S. It was not my choice.
    If I get $50,000.00 Canadian, it will convert to $37,815.04. in USA dollars. UNFAIR!!

      Alyssa November 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

      I’m sorry, but how is this unfair? What makes you so special where you should get more due to conversion rates? Move back to Canada if that’s what you’re worried about

      Jessica November 24, 2018 at 7:45 am #

      That is very unfair

    Dee November 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    You used my name for the court proceedings to get your settlement now you refuse to answer my messages because you want the money for yourselves
    Absolutely disgraceful

    joan frame November 20, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

    Omg when will u people stop misinforming others. You cannot sue the provinces SUCCESSFULLY!!!! Its riduculous manipulation of this fact that started all this! Ottawa had the liability. The orivinces will 3rd paryy it back and yiuve signed off on it by accepting the dough! Please please go spread your crap elsewhere. You know who you are and you’re nit even Indigenous. Which makes it fine to spread cos it’s not you who will be heartbroken. Try looking beyond white lawyers bs rhetoric cos youre harming people.

    Michael Fatt November 20, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

    Well here we are, 150 years later and still receiving abuse from Canada, thanks to all the supposed leaders calling the shots over this huge nation of Aboriginal people and of course we have no choice but to just take it over and over like we are just yesterday’s paper, this way was in place back when a prejudice prime minister John A MacDonald signed the Bill of rights anointing the Catholic Churches to take away and assimilate our children and integrate them into a white society because we were savages and hethians, it was a way of dealing with us without having to kill us because we were to many. Creator did not give Man the right to have power over our people but we have just gone along and accepted it like it’s easier to just look the other way. They have there token cigar holding Indians, with all the presidence over us and encouraging them with a greedy dangling golden apples to chase and blind them as long as they TURN and deiceve there own people. We’ve lost and lost, they sold and traded us in a market, took our lands and sold them back to us and we are still paying with our lives! I’m almost finished this life and I have to say im not happy with what has happened to me but I’m glad to see there is some evidence of real change, I can only hope to see change in Canada but unfortunately it’s still in its infancy and it will take a lot of apologies and admitting it’s mistakes before it can hope to grow in a mature human spiritual way! Mahsi Cho!

    wallace kinequon November 20, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

    once again sold down the river by learned professionals n leadership how is this not gonna effect the people harrmed or lost their lives n what if the cycle is being passed onto the children n are experiencing loss of identity leadership my family is in permanent wardship growing up without the bloodlines n being cut n living a nightmare without any real supports financially n being kicked out in the world in which they were supposedly rescued from whether it be intentionally or not those effected are too many numbers my loss is at the cost of abuse by their mother who had this abuse happen to her n THOSE EYES of loss i too have my mother’s eyes and am experiencing these eyes when does it end i want financial independence n this is how it can be addressed n solved without harboring regrets or anger at the entire situation i ‘ve lived in both institutions they almost omitted part of my life which itself is a breach of trust n i have issues that come up daily when i’m supposed to be living my life without regrets i spend my time isolated because the bonds i was supposed to nurture haven’t formed and its causing chaos in my childrens lives n mine as well endless n hopeless thank goodness i’m not the only one out theer with those eyes of loss n grief n anger

    Michelle November 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

    So sad that they hace to cap it at 50, should be divided evenly amongst all survivors..if theres only 4000 applicants so thats 186,00 dollars capped at 50,000 where would the other 136, 00 go?? The capp should be lifted..Resudential survivors didnt have a cap…can we possibly get signatures the same way they did if you chose to opt out..thats where theyre getting us is because of that cap..thats unfair and unjust!!! And also how do i claim for physical abuse..this is what affected me most..not loss of culture and come on..thats child abuse…thats wrong and that angers me to no end!!!

      Willy November 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

      I agree with you stand our ground!!!

      David Wright November 21, 2018 at 2:07 am #

      You’re forgetting the lawyers fees. They always are paid first off the top.

    Pat Johns November 20, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    my older siblings were were raised on a first nation then were taken away and put in foster care, filing as part of this lawsuit, they were told they were ineligible due to the fact that our mother disenfranchised, INAC says you could not have lost your culture since you didn’t have it to begin with

    Kathy Be November 20, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

    This is nice, it really is. But… what about the people who have been affected who aren’t being listed for compensation? People like the biological parents and families, whose brother or sister was made absent for years? What about their pain and suffering? Or does it not count?

    Ray November 20, 2018 at 3:31 am #

    I see the starting amount has been lowered from thenoriginal $25000 – $50000, now it says “$20000 – $50000” WTF?

    • Mark Blackburn November 20, 2018 at 4:33 am #

      Hi Ray, the compensation does start at $25,000. The error has been fixed.

      Arthur skead November 20, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      My is Arthur skead am sixty scope survival and my brother Joe skead we are brother there we both on cas foster home here on Ontario.

      Fanny Nelson November 21, 2018 at 3:46 am #

      Is this for Indian day School

    Glenn Floyd November 20, 2018 at 2:51 am #

    well if they send my money from the settlement to me i ‘ll give to my daughter.but i will not hold my breath.thanks.

    Peggy Harper November 20, 2018 at 1:58 am #

    Some Foster home were not good. Some of us were assault And damaged because of the way we were treated. Holy cow the restitutions are pathetic. I sure hope some of us are able to sue for a higher amount. You can’t paint us with the same brush for a settlement. Ffs

      Tanya November 20, 2018 at 6:34 am #

      this settlement is about loss of identity, not abuse…there is a separate law suit for the abuse through the Childrens Aid services

        Tracey November 21, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

        Where does one find out about the abuse law suit..I have been asking and finding no answers!

      Cathy Henderson November 20, 2018 at 10:03 am #

      Peggy – you can sue the province separately for abuse as well as claiming the federal compensation. The federal compensation won’t change now. However, there is nothing to stop anyone suing the provinces as a separate and different lawsuit for their part in the 60’s Scoop.

      Clara November 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. The problem that I have, these foster homes and white people are not being held accountable. Let’s publish their names to let the whole world know that they violated of our human rights as children who were left vulnerable because of unfortunate circumstances that were created by them in the first place. I appreciate the fact thar some social workers can have huge hearts but then there are fat witches and those who take advantage of their powers and abuse victims like me and you. I can’t wait to name a few people who were responsible for letting this happened. Children Family Services should have a separate regulations for Aboriginal children and families not the standard policies that they have now. If white man didn’t interfere on our native rights and make us less human we would not have suffered in the first place.

    L. Turner November 20, 2018 at 1:03 am #

    Omg, when will our people rise up and beat the moniyaw at their own games? It is so sad to be an aboriginal person in Canada, the rich keep getting richer and we are nothing but a cash cow to them. They benefit greatly off of the social problems of aboriginal people, while we remain marginalized within their systems. We need to rise up people!

    E Anderson November 20, 2018 at 12:46 am #

    I was unaware of this class action. Please let me know if a scooped child could have joined this class action without ever having contact or conducted a search for birth parent(s)?

      Cathy Henderson November 20, 2018 at 10:00 am #

      You do not need to contact or search for your birth parents to be part of this lawsuit. If you have not opted out (the deadline has passed for that), you are automatically included if you meet the criteria to claim.

      All you have to do to make your claim is to go to the Collectiva site, click on “File a Claim Form”, follow the instructions on filling in the form and send it to Collectiva. It can be done online. If you have any questions, Collectiva will help you for free. Their contact details are on their web site (see below).

      *You do not need a lawyer to fill in a claim form – you can do this yourself*

      Criteria to be eligible to claim;

      Eligible claimants includes people who: (a) are registered Indians (as defined in the Indian Act) and Inuit as well as people eligible to be registered Indians; and (b) were removed from their homes in Canada between January 1, 1951 and December 31, 1991 and placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents. This includes registered Indians (as defined in the Indian Act) and Inuit as well as people eligible to be registered Indians who were removed (permanent ward/foster or adopted) from their homes in Canada during this time and placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents.

      Here is Collectiva’s web site. Go to the tab at the top right-hand side called “Fill in a Claim Form”.

        Cindy November 22, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

        I was born in 1967 and adopted into a white abusive home at two weeks old. What id like to know is, did you have to have been taken by cas to qualify ? What if your mother was just a teenager and was told to give you up, and you were then privately adopted?

    Marie Smallboy November 19, 2018 at 11:43 pm #

    Lawyers making bad law for our people. Sham of a deal to line greedy lawyers’ pockets and protect the queen’s butt from further claims by the scooped.

    Yup. Feed the media a crock of corrupt legal maneuvering and praise them for their colonial benevolence.

    Integrity of court process and honour of the crown means nothing to judiciary protecting interests of lawyers rather than those who are supposed to benefit from the deal.

    Karen Baltus November 19, 2018 at 11:27 pm #

    On what basis are they going to decide who gets what amount? I figured it would be the same amount for everyone. I was never asked about my experience and if it was a ‘good’ upbringing or the horrible, abusive upbringing it was with a Mennonite family.

    roseland labrador November 19, 2018 at 11:13 pm #

    my family was ripped apart, first, in residential schol then the 60s scoop…this foster home was worse than the res school. i endured it for 6 yrs. At the age of 15 i walked out the door and never looked back. i lived on the streets for 3months,was stabbed when a male tried to rape me. he didnt succeed so put a knife in my stomach. i lived the streets with my guts hanging out. i was a ward of the court so couldnt go into a hospital. the govt…namely child services were looking for me. i went in another direction then where these”superior ” white…highly educated couldnt find me. this settlement wants to give me maybe 20000-50000 dollars…..this piece is only a dot of what i and my family endured

    Noeline Villebrun November 19, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

    I am one of 12. I did not agree to this. I am very concerned we were not consulted. There Was no deal on table. What I was told was Koepel did not want to proceed as they were given altimatiums. If others on complaint opt out so be it. Does not eliminate he rest of our complaint. Noeline Villebrun, Survivot! & Complainant from NWT.

    Bridgid November 19, 2018 at 10:21 pm #

    Who’s the lawyer for bc?

    joan frame November 19, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

    This is wrong wrong wrong. We dud not i reoeat not make any such statements. At least i did not. I wouldkd like to see this document

    Nathan redwood November 19, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

    I live in regina sask who would or should I talk to about this

      Cynthin November 19, 2018 at 11:16 pm #

      What kind of Info are you looking for

        Tyler Thomas November 20, 2018 at 9:21 am #

        What will determine the amount i was perm ward i was abused

      Louise M. Laliberte November 20, 2018 at 1:44 am #

      I’ve been trying to get a settlement since all this began..I’ve filled out forms..send in some of my documents..but nothing…I was in a convent in ile a la crosse sask. We were treated like all the residential schools..punished when we spoke our native language.. but the nuns and priest..used to speak French.. which now I understand abit..I knew they laughed at us..and call us names..fainted in early morning mass’s ..uniforms they made us wear..I am treaty..if you need more information through my e- mail…please..please contact me asap

        Cathy Henderson November 21, 2018 at 11:52 am #

        Did you go through Collectiva? They are the court appointed administrators for claims.

        If you have gone through Collectiva and are concerned that they may not have your claim form, you can contact them and ask.

        Collectiva are dealing with thousands of claims and it is taking awhile to get through them all.

        Here are Collectiva’s contact details if you still have concerns.
        They will help you for free.

        200-2170 BOUL RENÉ-LÉVESQUE O
        H3H 2T8

        Phone 1-844-287-4270

        If you have not filed your claim with Collectiva, then please go to their web site and click on the tab “Fill in a claim form”. Then follow the instructions. All boxes with a star must be filled in or the system will not allow you to save and submit the form.

        Dee November 21, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

        They used my name for the court proceedings now I’m ignored as well