About the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim + Registration as a Class Member

About the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim

The Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim (www.sixtiesscoopclaim.com) 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 Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim holds Canada to its constitutional responsibility for the protection of the cultural identity of the Indian.

Some writers, commentators and survivors, say that what Canada did was intentional, that by turning a blind eye through the agreement with Ontario, a generation of Indian children would be assimilated into mainstream culture.

Some international NGO observers argue that what took place was a form of genocide, identity genocide, carried out by the Canadian government.

In the meantime, register here if you are one of the survivors of the lost generation of children of the Sixties Scoop.

Registration as a Class Member

The “Class” Definition

In Brown & Commanda v. Canada [2013] ONSC 5637, [2013] O.J. No. 4381 (S.C.J.), the Honourable Justice Edward Belobaba defines the “class” for the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim as follows:

Indian children who were taken from their homes on reserves in Ontario between December 1, 1965 and December 31, 1984 and were placed in the care of non-aboriginal foster or adoptive parents who did not raise the children in accordance with the aboriginal person’s customs, traditions, and practices.

Therefore, to be a member of the class, you are a person who:

1. is an Indian, and

2. was removed from your Indian reserve, and

3. was removed from your Ontario reserve between December 1, 1965 and December 31, 1984, and

4. was placed in the care of non-aboriginal foster or adoptive parents, and

5. those non-aboriginal foster parents or adoptive parents did not raise you in accordance with your aboriginal or Indian customs, traditions and practices.

If you cannot remember or you don’t know enough information to know if you qualify as a “class” member, should you still register?

The answer is “YES”. Please register.

If you don’t know or don’t remember any information as described in the examples below, please register.

You may qualify even if you don’t know or remember the information you might think you need to know or remember.

READ ON and if you fall into any of the following 12 examples then do register as a class member:

(1) If you can’t remember or don’t know the date when you lived on a reserve, but can only remember the date when you were placed in a non-aboriginal foster or non-aboriginal adoptive home, register. It does not matter that you cannot remember the date when you lived on a reserve.

(2) If you can’t remember or don’t know the date when you were place in a non-aboriginal foster or non-aboriginal adoptive home, but can remember when you were removed from your Indian community, register. It does not matter that you cannot remember or do not know the date when you were placed in a non-aboriginal foster or non-aboriginal adoptive home.

(3) If you can’t remember or do not know the dates of either events, can’t remember or do not know when you lived on a reserve or when you were placed in a non-aboriginal foster or non-aboriginal adoptive home, register. It does not matter that you cannot remember or do not know the dates of either event.

(4) If you can’t remember or do not know the exact dates, or even the year when it happened, just approximately some time during the 20-year period, register. It does not matter that you cannot remember or do not know the exact dates of either event.

(5) If you can’t remember or do not know where you ended up, the place of your foster home or adoptive home, register. You don’t need to know or remember where you were placed.

(6) If you can’t remember or do not know the name or location of your original reserve, register. You don’t need to remember or know the name or location of your reserve as long as it was in Ontario.

(7) If you can’t remember or do not know if you were a status Indian when you were removed, register. You don’t need proof of your Indian status to register.

(8) If you went from an Indian residential school to a non-aboriginal foster home or non-aboriginal adoptive home, register. We intend to include you as part of the class.

(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.

(10) If you were removed before December 1, 1965 but placed in a non-aboriginal foster home or non-aboriginal adoptive home any time between December 1, 1965 and December 31, 1984, register.

(11) If you don’t know whether where you lived was an official or registered Indian reserve, register. It does not matter whether you know whether the First Nations community was or was not an official or registered reserve.

(12) If you know you were not a status Indian when you were removed, and then placed in a non-aboriginal foster home or adoptive home, but you identity as a Canadian aboriginal person, for example, a Métis, register. Indicate this fact on the registration form.

Letting Others Know About this Website and Registration

After you have registered, send out notice to anyone else you know who might want to know about the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim (www.sixtiesscoopclaim.com). Brown and Commanda started this case believing that all persons who were affected would come forward and begin the long road of healing from the pain of being the lost generation of children of the Sixties Scoop. Please share this page.

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25 Responses to About the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim + Registration as a Class Member

  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. lyn yule says:

    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.

    • 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.

  3. cannat54 says:

    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. Jessica Johnson says:

    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. niya says:

    Have a question?. Can Alberta children join the journey? And how would we start?. Thank you.

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  7. Sanford B Cottrelle says:

    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

  8. DAVID says:

    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

    • haley broadbent says:

      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.

  9. Everette H Scott says:

    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

  10. Mitchell Assin says:

    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. Shirley Salt says:

    How do I register?

  12. Teri says:

    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.

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  14. 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

  15. Gilbert Sipkema says:

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

  16. Karen Bourdeau says:

    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

  17. Allan Stanger says:

    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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