September 1, 2016 – Update on Case

“Ati kapi ci wepik”

“We will never let this happen again.”

That is what our lawyer said to the Honourable Justice Belobaba on August 23, 2016 in the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. The Court was packed with people and our Honourable Chiefs and Elders sat at the front of the Court Room in the area reserved for a jury.

We are back on December 1st,  in Toronto again, when Canada (whose Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett says Canada wants to settle) will make arguments against our case, and her lawyers will try to persuade the Judge that Canada did nothing that is a legal wrong.  We suppose this why at Court, when our lawyer said, that as a Canadian, he apologized for our harm and hurt, Canada’s lawyer said not a word, did not follow him with an apology.

We will continue to walk as long as it takes, however many Ministers and governments over the last 50 years.

If you would like to receive a copy of the oral argument our legal counsel made to the Honourable Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on August 23, 2016, email us a request.

If you would like to receive a copy of the written argument our legal counsel gave on our behalf to the Honourable Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to read before the hearing, send us an email. It is called the Plaintiff’s Factum.

If you want to watch what our counsel said on August 23, 2016, we can ask the Court for permission to send a recording to you. If you do, let us know, by sending us an email, and including the reason for the request, such as for educational or healing purposes or for maintaining an oral tradition of the event. With the permission of the Court, we will send a recording to you electronically for viewing on a media screen.

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Not surprisingly, the Crown requested that the hearing scheduled for August 23 be adjourned until a later date. The proposed adjournment would not only postpone the case being heard (yet again), but would also derail Sixties Scoop Survivors’ plans for a rally and gathering prior to the court hearing.

Today, that request was rejected and we confirm the hearing is going forward as planned on August 23, 2016. The rally will begin outside the courthouse at Queen St. W. And University Ave. at 8:15 a.m.

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August 23 RALLY

Check out the event on Facebook here and please share with anyone who might want to come.

Date: August 23
Time: 8:15 a.m.
Place: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto (northeast corner of University Ave. and Queen St.)

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RALLY – AUGUST 23, 2016

Join Marcia Brown and other survivors of the Sixties Scoop for a rally outside the courthouse to begin our week in court. The case began 7 years ago and is now finally being heard.


Date: August 23, 2016
Time: 8:15 a.m.
Place: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto

Click here for a PDF of the poster for the hearing.

SixtiesScoop Aug 23 hearing poster

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APTN advertisement

To read the Notice to the Class, please click here.
The opt-out deadline is April 22, 2016. Click here for the opt-out form.

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Notice to the Class


Notice to the Class – ENGLISH
Notice to the Class – FRENCH
Notice to the Class – OJIBWAY
Notice to the Class – SWAMPY CREE

Please share this with everyone who may be affected by the Claim. Those who wish to opt out must do so by April 22, 2016 by filling out the following form:

Opt-Out Form – ENGLISH
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If you have any questions, please call Natalia Graham at 1-866-360-5952.

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Important Date

Please mark this date in your calendar:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Sixties Scoop Hearing in Toronto at the Osgoode Hall Court House

Please check in for further information as to the precise location of the Courtroom, and details of community events to honour the first case in the western world about:

Cultural genocide
Who is responsible when Nations’ children lose their identity?

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