Resources for Adoptees

LEGAL ACTION

The Sixties Scoop Claim – This is a case about loss of culture of First Nations persons, status and non-status Aboriginal persons in the sense that claimants were denied or had taken from them knowledge of their biological parents, siblings, extended family, their birth names, their spiritual connections, their language, their customs, and their genealogy. The plaintiffs are claiming “breach of fiduciary duty” and “negligence” on the part of the defendant, the Federal Government of Canada. Province of Ontario.

Call To Action – website dedicated to information and donation to help offset the legal costs associated with the lawsuit against the Federal Gov’t

Klein * Lyons Class Action Lawsuit – This class action lawsuit has been filed against the Government of Canada. The lawsuit alleges that between 1962 and 1996, Canada negligently delegated Indian child welfare services to the Province of British Columbia.

ARTICLES ABOUT THE SIXTIES SCOOP

The Sixties Scoop: Implications for Social Workers and Social Work Education By Emily Alston-O’Connor, BSW – This paper examines issues concerning First Nations peoples and the child welfare system, and their implications for social work today. It explores the Sixties Scoop to illustrate the devastating impact such policies and practices had on Aboriginal children, families and communities. Cultural genocide is part of this legacy

The Stolen Generation(s) – âpihtawikosisân –  is Métis from the Plains Cree speaking community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta. She currently lives in Montreal, Quebec. Her passions are: education, Aboriginal law, the Cree language, and roller derby. She holds a BEd, an LLB and teaches indigenous youth.

B.C. natives sue federal government for millions over ‘Sixties’ Scoop’ A class-action lawsuit that could cost Ottawa millions of dollars has been filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on behalf of aboriginal children affected by the “Sixties’ Scoop.”

Identity lost and found: Lessons from the sixties scoop – Raven Sinclair  – This article explores the history of Aboriginal adoption in Canada and examines some of the issues of transracial adoption through the lens of psychology theories to aid understanding of identity conflicts facing Aboriginal adoptees. The article concludes with recommendations towards a paradigm shift in adoption policy as it pertains to Aboriginal children.

Indigenous Foundations – University of British Columbia – Sixties Scoop

Accounting for the 60’s Scoop – by Colleen Rajotte – My adoption story as an Indian child starts at the old Grace Hospital in Winnipeg in 1968. That’s the year I was legally adopted by a white, middle-class family. Like 20,000 other aboriginal children taken from their families in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s, I have been on a life-long journey to reconnect with my family and culture and to figure out how to fit into both of these worlds.

Ottawa wins appeal of “Sixites Scoop” class action lawsuit -s Brown and the lawsuit’s other lead plaintiff, Robert Commanda, have been ordered to pay $25,000 each for costs of the proceeding. Their lawyers have vowed to continue their legal battle, but admit that the ruling is a major setback.

The Kimelman Report  – intergral reading Chief Judge Kimelman concluded that the Aboriginal leaders were right; the child welfare system was guilty of “cultural genocide.”

The Sixties Scoop was a continuation of the assimilation policies – THUNDER BAY – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose is concerned that the Attorney General of Canada sought and obtained a substantial award for court costs against two First Nation plaintiffs in relation to a decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice upholding an appeal by the Government of Canada in Brown et al v. The Attorney General of Canada, a landmark class action proceeding on the deprivation of cultural identity in what is known as the “Sixties Scoop”.

Metis Victims of Sixties Scoop eligible to participate in civil lawsuit – Metis Nation of Ontario – Métis Victims of Sixties Scoop Eligible to Participate in Civil Lawsuit. From 1965 to 1984, the Ontario Children’s Aid agencies removed approximately 16,000 Métis, FirstNations and Inuit children from their families and placed them in the care

Thunder Bay man seeks accountability for lost childhood – Jody Porter CBC News – When William Campbell wanted to find his biological parents, he didn’t even know where to look. He knew he was born in Kirkland Lake, Ont. but didn’t know from which of the three First Nations in the area he’d been taken as a child.

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