Dear Sixties Scoop Survivors:

I am so pleased we are where we are. Now, we are going forward with the settlement discussions and also, at the same time, the continuation of our case for financial compensation.

I want to make clear that I, as your representative plaintiff from the very beginning, back in February of 2009, will not settle without settlement including all persons who are the survivors of the Sixties Scoop. “All persons” means that it does not matter whether you were, or were not, living on the reserve when you were removed, or you were removed before 1965, or that you are not a status “Indian”.  Survivors, for the purpose of settlement, includes all aboriginals who suffered harm as a result of the Sixties Scoop.

I repeat: all that mattered to me when I started this case with Robert Commanda was that everyone who experienced the harm would receive compensation in any financial settlement. That is all that still matters to me.

SO:  ALL THOSE WHO EXPERIENCED THE HARM OF THE SIXTIES SCOOP ARE TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION IN ANY FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT WITH CANADA.

I am therefore sending out this message for any and all persons who experienced the harm of the Sixties Scoop to register with our case by:

  • clicking on the words “Registration as a Class Member”at the top of the website page at www.sixtiessccoopclaim.com and sending in the registration form, or
  • contacting us by phoneat:  416-956-5625, 1-866-360-5952 (toll free), or

I have learned that there are other lawyers attempting to organize a new representative to our claim in a new and separate case.  I share this with you about this new case with a different lawyer:

  1. Our case is the only case in Canada that is certified as a class action;
  1. Our case is, therefore, the only case in Canada with a decision finding the Government of Canada legally responsible for the harm we suffered;
  1. Our case is, therefore, the only case in Canada at the stage of pursuing damages before the Court, if settlement discussions end; and
  1. Our case is the case copied by the other lawyers in other jurisdictions. Those cases, including the new and separate one in Ontario, are at the beginning of litigation, with their lawyers doing nothing until our case was decided.
  1. Our case is the case that has brought Canada to the table to discuss settlement. Our case is the case that has awakened Canada to the fact of what the Minister calls “the dark chapter in Canadian history”.

SO, let us honour those survivors who are, sadly, not with us by joining together and all of us, status or non-status, living or not living on a Band reserve when removed, forced off our lands before or after 1965, coming forward and registering.

ONCE YOU COME FORWARD AND REGISTER, THEN:

  • WE WILL BE SENDING TO YOU REGULAR UPDATES ON THE CASE AND ON THE STATUS OF THE SETTLEMENT DISCUSSIONS
  • YOU WILL KNOW AS MUCH AS I DO, AND AS SOON AS I DO, ABOUT FINANCIAL COMPENSATION
  • YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSULTATION PROCESS  THAT I, AND OUR FIRST NATIONS STEERING COMMITTEE, WILL HAVE WITH YOU ABOUT ANY SETTLEMENT. YOU WLL BE TALKING TO US, NOT ONLY THE LAWYERS!

ALL OF US: let us be one with our history to make sure this never happens again.

Meegwetch

Chief Marcia Martel (Brown)

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About Sixties Scoop Lawsuit

The purpose of this site is to notify individuals directly or indirectly affected by the Sixties Scoop that they may register and possibly join in the class action lawsuit that is effectively proceeding against the Canadian Government. (October 2010) Please bookmark this site for further updates and registration information. Thank you.
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5 Responses to Dear Sixties Scoop Survivors:

  1. Marie Ledoux says:

    I am confused about who is included in this settlement agreement. Initially I was told that it was strictly aboriginal so from Ontario. This addresses aboriginal so Canada wide .if you could clarify this for me I would appreciate it. I have sent you my application long ago .if you need updated information please contact me

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  2. Laura Allen says:

    Hello:
    I just wanted to leave a comment about this issue. I am a 50 year old woman that was taken from my mother;s care in Batchewana First Nation. I was adopted by a white couple, and, my adoptive mother hated the very site of me. I suffered physical and mental abuse from my adoptive mother, since I can remember. This has lead me into a life time of self-doubt, self-loathing and little to no self-confidence. I first found out I was status native when I was 25 years old and was contacted by my birth brother who had also been adopted. At this time, I also found out that I had three other siblings that had been removed from my birth mothers care. By this time so much damage had been done over the years of abuse that I have been unable to connect with my native roots. This has left me with so many questions and confusion that I do not know where to begin with any kind of healing process. I have always felt like I did not belong anywhere, and, even though I found out that I did in fact belong to the Native community, I have not been able to connect with it. So, although I was born Native, I cannot find my place.
    By having been taken out of my native community when I was 6 months old, my very identity has been stolen. I have attended many pow wows and in fact have lived on a reserve for a short time and I have been able to observe the sense of community and well being among the native people. I can’t help but long for the connectivity of these peoples and wish that I could turn back the clock to stop my removal from my very birth right.
    In short, I believe that irreparable damage has been caused to all children caught in the 60’s scoop and my heart reaches out to everyone who has suffered because of it.

  3. Ahnii Chief Marcia. Chi meegwetch! Your battle with this Lawsuit has been Your *struggle; as it was for myself and so many others across the Canadas. My fervent Hope in all of this to put this behind me … soon. Blessings and Prayers. Gary M. Johnston/IFN Survivor. Cape Croker/Neyaashiniigmiing/Ontario.

  4. Harry Gesic says:

    Hello to all sixty scoop survivors I would just Like to say kitchi meegwetch to Marcia Brown and her legal team again for all her and their hard work and beliefs in resolving this very most dark chapter in many aboriginal peoples lives that went through this painful and disturbing event of being removed from their families and reserves where all the teachings and learnings of our culture and beliefs were taking away from many of us. Now that it has been brought in front of the Canadian government and dealt with in their court system it is a big part of the healing process which many of us can put behind us now and know that this shouldn’t happen ever again to our children in the future also for us to continue to look forward on our healing journey and continue to learn our native heritage also such as our language, culture, teachings from our elders and many more things that we have lost .So stay strong and continue healing my brothers and sisters .Meegwetch from Kitchi Mokamon a.k.a.Bigfoot

  5. stan says:

    I am from the 60s scoop I have been waiting for my status for 3 years11 months.I did dna with my brother a status native, same mother and father can you help me?

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