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It’s Your Right to Know the Facts.

As a survivor of the Sixties Scoop, you deserve to know the facts about the proposed national settlement. We’re cutting through the rumours, confusion, and misinformation to give you accurate information about your rights so you can make informed decisions.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for below, get in touch. Our help is free. Give us a call at: 1-866-360-5952 ext. 217 or email us: thesixtiesscoopclaim@gmail.com.

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What is the proposed settlement?

On October 6, 2017, the Canadian Government announced that it has reached a pan-Canadian settlement with the survivors of the Sixties Scoop. The agreement will include restitution for people who lost their cultural identities after being removed from their families and communities and placed with non-Indigenous foster and adoptive families. Under the proposed settlement, the government will pay up to $750 million to individual claimants (total) and provide $50 million to start a healing foundation for all survivors.

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Am I eligible?

If you are a status “Indian” (per the Indian Act) or “Inuit” who was removed from your home (either on or off reserve) between 1951-1991, and you suffered the loss of your cultural identity as a result – than you are eligible to be a claimant.

If you feel uncertain about whether you are eligible or just want some guidance, these law firms below can help you for free:

Ontario
Jeffery Wilson, Wilson Christen LLP and Morris Cooper (Toronto, Ontario)
1-866-360-5952 ext. 217

Saskatchewan and Alberta
Tony Merchant, Merchant Law Group LLP
1-888-567-7777

British Columbia
David Klein
604-714-2070

Manitoba
Celeste Poltak, Koski Minsky
Manitoba action: 1-844-819-8527
Saskatchewan action: 1-855-595-2621

Other Provinces and Territories
If you live outside of the above provinces, you can contact any of the lawyers listed above.

Please note: You may contact any of the above lawyers if you experience difficulty reaching the lawyer closest to you. The case is a national and all of these law firms are available to answer questions for anyone in Canada, and will do so free of charge.

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What do I have to do to be in the claim?

If you have already filled out the claimant form on the Ontario Sixties Scoop website, then you will automatically be included in the case. You don’t have to fill anything out again right now. You will have to do the application for compensation once the settlement is approved by the Court in May.

If you feel uncertain about whether you are eligible or just want some guidance, these law firms below can help you for free:

Ontario
Jeffery Wilson, Wilson Christen LLP and Morris Cooper (Toronto, Ontario)
1-866-360-5952 ext. 217

Saskatchewan and Alberta
Tony Merchant, Merchant Law Group LLP
1-888-567-7777

British Columbia
David Klein
604-714-2070

Manitoba
Celeste Poltak, Koski Minsky
Manitoba action: 1-844-819-8527
Saskatchewan action: 1-855-595-2621

Other Provinces and Territories
If you live outside of the above provinces, you can contact any of the lawyers listed above.

Please note: You may contact any of the above lawyers if you experience difficulty reaching the lawyer closest to you. The case is a national and all of these law firms are available to answer questions for anyone in Canada, and will do so free of charge.

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What if I need help finding my records?

If you do not have records proving your status as an Indigenous adopted person or permanent ward, do not worry.  You will be able to indicate on your claimant form that you do not have these records and then the settlement administrator (Collectiva) will call on the federal and provincial governments to locate them for you.  It is the government’s responsibility to locate your substantiating records, not yours.

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Do I have to pay a lawyer to be assessed or be included?

NO!

There are four law firms (paid by the government) to help you.  You can reach out to any one of these firms for free support.

Ontario
Jeffery Wilson, Wilson Christen LLP and Morris Cooper (Toronto, Ontario)
1-866-360-5952 ext. 217

Saskatchewan and Alberta
Tony Merchant, Merchant Law Group LLP
1-888-567-7777

British Columbia
David Klein
604-714-2070

Manitoba
Celeste Poltak, Koski Minsky
Manitoba action: 1-844-819-8527
Saskatchewan action: 1-855-595-2621

Other Provinces and Territories
If you live outside of the above provinces, you can contact any of the lawyers listed above.

Please note: You may contact any of the above lawyers if you experience difficulty reaching the lawyer closest to you. The case is a national and all of these law firms are available to answer questions for anyone in Canada, and will do so free of charge.

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How much money am I eligible to receive?

You would get nothing less than $25,000 and, more likely, as much as $50,000. This is a little complicated, because it depends on how many claimants actually come forward. But based on the best evidence, we expect claimants are likely to receive $50,000 each.

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Is that a fair amount?

We know that justice is imperfect and that $50,000 does not make up for the harm and suffering you have experienced.  No amount of money ever could. According to our legal experts, it is very likely more than could have been won in court. More importantly, the proposed settlement includes $50 million to set up a “healing foundation” – which will provide ongoing help to all Sixties Scoop survivors long into the future.  In the words of Chief Marcia Brown Martell, the foundation will help ensure “this never ever happens again.”

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When will the money be available?

Because the amount each person will receive depends upon the number of approved claimants, no individual can be paid until the precise number of approved claimants is known. The settlement allows for a full year to make sure all claimants are able to apply.  Payments should be received before the end of 2019.

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What is the “healing foundation” and who will it benefit?

The goal behind the healing foundation is to provide culturally appropriate help and support to all survivors of the Sixties Scoop and their families and to ensure that, going forward, no Canadian child ever experiences the pain endured by survivors of cultural identity loss.

The foundation, once it is established, will be run autonomously by an Indigenous Board of Directors and an Indigenous executive director.  It is still in the early stages of being set up by a working committee, which includes three First Nations’ representative plaintiffs, two representative plaintiff lawyers, and two government officials.

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If I join the claim, will I lose the right to sue for psychological, sexual, or physical abuse?

NO!

Nothing in the settlement interferes with the right of any person to sue a provincial authority for psychological or physical abuse experienced as a result of the 60’s Scoop. A provincial authority includes a superintendent of child welfare, a children’s aid society, any provincial government Ministry or Director of Child Welfare.

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What about the rights of Metis people?

Nothing in the settlement interferes with the right of Métis people to sue a provincial government or Canada for their experience arising from the Sixties Scoop.

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What if I want to object the proposed settlement?

That is your right.  To object, you can use the Objection Form which can be found at https://sixtiesscoopsettlement.info.  You can also go (or teleconference in) to one of the hearings about the proposed settlement, which are taking place in May.  You can find out more here: https://sixtiesscoopsettlement.info or by calling 1-(844)-287-4270.

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Who is Collectiva?

Collectiva is the organization responsible for administering all the claims and objections in this case for all claimants across the country.  They will give you information about how to register for the claim, or how to object to the proposed agreement, for free.  You can call and leave a message (someone will call you back quickly): 1-(844)-287-4270 or you can email them: sixtiesscoop@collectiva.ca.

You can also reach out to one of these four legal teams listed below for free support, if you have questions:

Ontario
Jeffery Wilson, Wilson Christen LLP and Morris Cooper (Toronto, Ontario)
1-866-360-5952 ext. 217

Saskatchewan and Alberta
Tony Merchant, Merchant Law Group LLP
1-888-567-7777

British Columbia
David Klein
604-714-2070

Manitoba
Celeste Poltak, Koski Minsky
Manitoba action: 1-844-819-8527
Saskatchewan action: 1-855-595-2621

Other Provinces and Territories
If you live outside of the above provinces, you can contact any of the lawyers listed above.

Please note: You may contact any of the above lawyers if you experience difficulty reaching the lawyer closest to you. The case is a national and all of these law firms are available to answer questions for anyone in Canada, and will do so free of charge.

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What if I still have questions?

We are here to help.  Give us a call at:  1-866-360-5952 ext. 217 or email us: thesixtiesscoopclaim@gmail.com.


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