About the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim + The National Settlement

About the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim

The Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim (www.sixtiesscoopclaim.com) is the only certified class action case by Sixties Scoop survivors against the Federal Government. It is about an agreement between Canada and Ontario that resulted in a lost generation of Indian children.

The children were “lost” because they lost their cultural identity, family, extended family, community, language, spirituality, traditions and customs of their First Nations’ communities. Canada turned a blind eye to the protection of the identity of the Indian child when it entered into an agreement leaving these children to be dealt with under Ontario child protection and adoption laws without regard to their cultural identity.

The Journey to the Proposed National Settlement

In February 2017, following a nearly 10-year legal battle, the court found the Federal Government liable for harm in its failure to consult with First Nations leading to the loss of cultural identity for Sixties Scoop survivors.

Following the court’s decision, the Government of Canada opened the door for national settlement discussions with Ontario’s lead plaintiff and lead plaintiffs in other provinces with pending cases.

There were two key reasons to pursue a national settlement over another trial for compensation:

(1) If the case went to trial, the only survivors who could receive compensation would be those narrowly defined by the Ontario class. This would exclude, for example, survivors taken from other provinces, survivors taken from off-reserve, and survivors who became wards of the state.  The settlement offered the opportunity to significantly expand the number of survivors across the country who could benefit.

(2) The settlement offered the opportunity of establishing a national Healing Foundation for Sixties Scoop survivors – a source of enduring and ongoing support for survivors and their families long into the future. A trial could not have established this outcome.

In October 2017, the Government of Canada announced a proposed national settlement that expanded the group of people who could benefit far beyond the original Ontario class. It also included $50 million to establish a Healing Foundation for all survivors.

The Journey to the Proposed Sixties Scoop Settlement

On May 11th, following two days of hearings in Saskatoon, the Federal court approved the settlement in principle. One condition of that approval is that the settlement is also approved by the court in Toronto following a second set of hearings on May 29/30 (2018).

What Happens Next?

If the settlement is approved following the Toronto hearings on May 29/30, eligible claimants will be able to claim compensation by filling out a simple form, which will be available on the Collectiva website: https://sixtiesscoopsettlement.info.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if you filled out an Ontario Claimant form (formerly available on this website) you will still need to fill out the form on Collectiva’s site to claim your compensation.

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25 thoughts on “About the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim + The National Settlement”

  1. Heya just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t
    loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

  2. I was removed in 1955, as were my adopted brother and sister, the scoop didn’t start in the 60’s, it was going on before. They sent us to an orphanage, which was actually a residential school. Imagine, 8 months old, in a residential school…… You won’t find anyone who will admit to that.

  3. Lyn Yule makes a good point; I was born in 1954 and raised in a WASP home without a hint of Native culture or heritage. I ended up being sent to numerous psychologists and psychiatrists in order figure out what was ‘wrong’ with me and why I saw the world around me so differently. As a kid, being told “you’re crazy” much of the time – with nothing or nobody to explain differently – you begin to accept there is definitely something wrong with yourself. It manifested itself in my drinking… to the point where I was given one month to live in 1980. I’m not crying the blues nor am I demanding redress…. I’m just saying this crap has been going on way before December 1, 1965. Fortunately, I ignored the people around me and began the search for my birthmom (“You ingrate…. how could you do this to the people who took you in and raised you?”). Finding her and my natural identity changed and enriched my life beyond words.

  4. I was the eldest of three. No clue what my siblings were. Removed when I was 2, and we were split up. Fostered by a Polish family in Hudson, Ontario. Adopted when I was 5. Was raised as a ‘dropped apple’, red on the outside and white on the inside. Have been informed I need a lawyer to even get my adoption file opened so I can learn more of my background and personal history. Always wanted to know several things, but not ever tried due to fears.

  5. My name is Sanford Cottrelle. In 1971 I was removed from my home, by the courts, and placed in the care of the Ontario Training School system. From that period until 1977 I was in various training schools and group homes. Do I qualify as a sixties scoop person? Thank you in advance.

    Sincerely,

    Sanford Cottrelle

  6. THIS IS KINDDA HARD FOR ME AS I WAS PUT IN CARE RIGHT FROM BIRTH PRETTY MUCH . MY BIOLOGICAL MORE AND GRAND MOTHER WERE REINSTATED IN 86 OR 87 UNDER THE BILL C31 WHERE THOSE OF 3RD GENERATION LOSE OUT . ANYWAYS I WAS NOT ON ANY RESERVE OR TAKING FROM ANY RESERVE BUT PUT RIGHT INTO CARE . HOW DOES ONE GO ABOUT THIS ? KINDDA TRICKY SO CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP OR PASS ON ANY INFORMATION ….CHI MIIGWETCH

  7. When do you expect the other provinces to file suits? I’m from Manitoba, the oldest of 4 that were removed. in the late to early sixties.in Nova Scotia.I am originally from Northern Manitoba

  8. As if Aboriginal children were only removed from a Reserve? Many woman who were forced to become Urban because of biased Aboriginal Reserve politics, had their children removed from their homes as well and children were put into Caucasion homes and abused.

  9. If you were born as an Indian and did not ever live on a reserve, but went directly to a non-aboriginal foster home or non-aboriginal adoptive home, register. – Taken from above, my husband registered online it was not difficult.

  10. I was born in 01/31/87 and have been taken from my family – tradition – community and was placed in non-aboriginal foster families and have been a victim of mental/physical abuse thru out my childhood years in these homes. I know the feeling of reconnecting with lost family and trying to fit in at the pow wows and other cultural events but yet feeling alone and still lost. so who ever walked the streets alone wondering who your family is and where you came from – you are not alone. i am happy to be alive still – came close a few times to death and not knowing who i am or what i came from and who my family is … but ive managed to make my way home and meet my family and know what love and being family means now so what ever comes of this new movement i hope it turns out for the best and helps those who need the support and guidance.

  11. It appears my younger brother does not fit the criteria as he was adopted, by my irish/italian/french family, in 1961 or 1962,, at the age of 2, in response to a newspaper item called “Today’s Child”. He had been in several foster homes since birth. Here is the kicker – we did not know, at that time, he was aboriginal. My parents were told he was of Swedish & Italian descent – His skin was darker than ours but his hair was sandy brown – even blond in the summer. When he started school, kids and adults used to ask me if my brother (everyone knew he was adopted) was “Indian”. At the time, I thought that was a really odd question. His birth mother & younger half siblings found him as an adult. He had a full older sibling but I never got a chance to hear her story, prior to her death, from cancer. He now has full aboriginal status, although he may have some other nationality, in him, as well. His mother died soon after meeting him and her story, about his father’s nationality, wasn’t the same one learned from Children’s Aid. He is an alcoholic, has a learning disability and has had identity issues his entire life. Growing up he was my little buddy and I love him dearly but it difficult to cope with his many issues. I noted Lyn Yule’s comments about this “scoop” starting earlier than 1965. Lyn is right. There should be some recourse for the pre -1965 individuals as well. They will end up being the “forgotten” ones.

  12. My mother born in 1964 the youngest of 3 kids was removed from her parents care and fostered by at least what i came to know as my grandparents. They adopted her, changed her name. (date on the certificate) The eldest sister was separated and went to residential school. She isn’t entirely sure where the middle child (brother) went. I know minimal information but I do know my moms name given at birth and have struggled over the years to get the information required to learn of my family’s history. My mother passed in 2004 and I have a letter from what used to be called “Indian and Northern Affairs Canada” dated October 15, 2004 stating that “at the time of adoption my mother was taken off the ‘Indian Register’ and that she did not apply to the Adoption Unit for her registry number when she turned age of majority”

    I feel that if my mother was still here today she would absolutely be eligible to apply here. I’ve spent a lot of my own time looking for answers for myself and for my son who is beyond curious.

  13. I was born in 64 in September. Would l still qualify?
    My family have status are Native.
    Birth name Paul.Edward Wilson. Adopted parents changed my name to Gilbert Sipkema.
    I am still trying to get my card, 2 yrs ago located siblings but we barely talk.
    I was brought up by dutch very stricked and went to a a Dutch private school. Had to quit school.very abuse students and such. Could not complete highschool only minority besides my adopted sister who is also native. No we are no blood related.
    Any assistance be great.
    Nia wen

  14. Chi Miigwetch for the great information.
    My Apologies l forgot to hit the notify me button.
    Miigwetch
    Gil

  15. Hello , I need to confirm that my sister and I have been registered as part of the class action suit. We had both filled out forms some time ago. How can I confirm that our names are included. I was at the court hearing Toronto Dec 1, 2, 2016

  16. Hi my name is Allan, and I was wondering how do I sign up for this class action lawsuit?? My siblings and I were all apart of the scoop. Can you please help with putting our names on that list?
    Thank you very much,
    Allan Stanger

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