National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples has welcomed the settlement for aboriginal children who were taken and put into the care of non-aboriginal families, but is also disappointed the settlement didn’t go to everyone involved.
The 60’s scoop saw between 15,000 and 20,000 kids ripped from their birth families and placed in the care of total strangers who had no idea about their charges language or culture, but Congress Head Chief Robert Bertrand says he is disappointed that the settlement didn’t fully recognize all of the people who the congress represents which includes non-status indians, metis and Inuit.
Bertrand notes the congress has been an advocate for reconciliation measure for those involved in the scoop and were fully in support of an Ontario court’s findings this past February that Canada breached its duty of care for those taken and denied a connection with their aboriginal culture. The congress also advocated for Ottawa to introduce and fund project initiatives aimed at addressing and healing the deep scar left on thousands of scoop survivors.
Bertrand says if Ottawa is moving toward addressing the destructive colonial initiative through the settlement, it needs to reach out to each survivor of the scoop regardless of their identity or residence.