Saying one thing and doing another

The Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett announced today in the House that Canada is initiating settlement discussions across Canada with the survivors of the Sixties Scoop, and wants to put an end to the litigation.

What settlement solution is Minister Bennett really proposing when her lawyers in Ontario – the only jurisdiction where a class action proceeding has been certified and is actively before the Court – are arguing that Canada never had a duty, and does not have any duty to protect the cultural identity of First Nations’ children?

The decision in the Ontario may help answer the question as to whether Canada has such a duty. In the meantime, we hope claimants across the country will see the Minister’s statement, on the eve of the judge’s release of a decision in the 8 years of litigation in Ontario for what it is, saying one thing and doing another.

Stay tuned: we will follow-up with the Minister’s media release and words from the Plaintiff, Marcia Martel (Brown) and our lead counsel, Jeffery Wilson.

– Ontario Sixties Scoop Steering Committee

Author: Sixties Scoop Lawsuit

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2 thoughts on “Saying one thing and doing another

  1. Below is a copy of my letter to the Prime Minister of Canada. I hope this is of some use..

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

    My name is Melika Popp, I am a Survivor of the 60’s Scoop. I admire your work and value and appreciate your time.

    As a Survivor of historical truama relating to both the 60’s Scoop and of Coercive Sterilization, I humble myself before you and kindly ask you to restore balance and equality for all Canadians.

    Respectfully, Indigenous Affairs Minister Hon. Caroline Bennet does not speak nor represent the interest of the Survivors of the 60’s Scoop as her comments lead the public to believe the Fed’s are embracing reconciliation yet the Feds have previously made false promises with administering lengthy delays and stalling tactics.

    To date, regarding the 60’s Scoop claim Saskatoon Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have not officially validated nor apologized to Survivors.

    It would be generous and welcomed by the Indigenous community if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & SK Premier Brad Wall would follow Manitoba and Ottawa’s lead and validate and apologize to the Sk Survivors of 60’s Scoop ~ Otherwise how is true transformative change, reconciliation and healing possible without admitting such historical trauma took place?

    While apologies & compensation are a good start they do not address the core issues relating to systemic racism which continues unabated within the Ministries provincial and federal policies, practices and procedures. How about implementing restorative justice with instilling more cultural sensitivity workshops for current ministry government workers, justice departments and educational systems.

    Saskatoon is beautiful city yet remains tarnished with blatant racism and discrimination within its governance which stems from systemic racism that has been allowed to continue unabated due to ignorance. Systemic racism is an abuse of power which has impacted the Indigenous community’s across Canada.

    To me a settlement is too much like hush money or a slap on the wrist and does not account for the gross impact of loosing my mother, sister, culture and community; no amount can compensate for the loss of my identity.

    Contrary to Hon. Bennets statement regarding settlement, I believe Transparency is critical in promoting transformative change and healing. For the record, for me personally, its not a money grab, I won’t play the victim as I won’t be defined by what was done to me. To better myself, I’ve worked on myself and forgave without an apology.

    Survivors of the 60’s Scoop have long been denied justice, for true reconciliation to begin we have to acknowledge our shared history and learn from the historical trauma imposed so that all Canadians can live in a better world. Overall I think the public can benefit from learning about historical truama related to the 60’s Scoop.

    Attached below are the recent articles of me finding my younger bioligical sister and later my biological mother in 2016.

    Thank you for your consideration.


    Melika Popp

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