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Manitoba Metis Federation welcomes survivors to Sixties Scoop Symposium hosted by Métis National Council

October 20, 2018

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Manitoba Metis Federation welcomes survivors to Sixties Scoop Symposium

 hosted by Métis National Council

 

Winnipeg, MB – From Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) welcomes delegates from across the Métis Nation for a Sixties Scoop Symposium at the Fort Garry Hotel. The Symposium brings Métis National Council (MNC) leaders together with Métis survivors of the Sixties Scoop to share knowledge and experiences, toward reconciliation for Métis Citizens taken from their families during the Sixties Scoop era. The Symposium’s engagement and consultation with Métis survivors of the Sixties Scoop will gather input to build the foundation for a framework of reconciliation between Métis Sixties Scoop survivors and the Canadian government.

“The Métis Nation will seek justice for those who were robbed of their future,” says MMF President and Vice-president for MNC David Chartrand. “We will hear the stories of survivors and work with them to create a reconciliation process that reflects their needs to heal.”

The Symposium marks the first of a series of engagements, directed and guided by survivors, to shape the framework for reconciliation with Canada. In addition to presentations and consultation sessions, the Symposium will launch a registration database to connect Métis survivors with the reconciliation process. A trauma team is on site throughout the weekend to support the health and wellness needs of survivors in attendance, while a gathering place and accommodations are available for Métis Elders.

One year ago, the federal government announced that it would settle numerous lawsuits related to the Sixties Scoop, an era from the 1950s through 1990s during which thousands of Indigenous children were placed with non-Indigenous families. As these lawsuits only involved First Nations survivors, Métis survivors were not included in the settlement. MMF President Chartrand, in his role as V.P. for the Métis National Council leads this file, working in advancing the creation of a framework that will advance reconciliation for Métis Sixties Scoop survivors.

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Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis were Canada’s negotiating partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

 

For media information, please contact:

Barney Morin, Communications Coordinator

Manitoba Metis Federation

Office: (204) 586-8474 x277

Cell: (204) 391-0717

Email: barney.morin@mmf.mb.ca

www.mmf.mb.ca

 


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