Media Release - First-Ever Engagement Sessions with Métis Sixties Scoop Survivors

March 15, 2019

First-Ever Engagement Sessions with Métis Sixties Scoop Survivors

Swan River, MB – The first Métis Nation engagement session with Métis survivors of the Sixties Scoops is taking place in Swan River this weekend hosted by the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF). This historic event is finally giving Métis survivors a chance to share their stories, hear from other survivors and work as a collective to bring about healing for survivors and their loved ones. This is the first of two engagement sessions to be held in Manitoba with several other across the Métis homeland. 

Manitoba Metis Federation         March 15-17, 2019 - Swan River, Manitoba
                                                     March 22-24, 2019 - Winnipeg, Manitoba
One year ago, the federal government announced that it would settle numerous lawsuits related to the Sixties Scoop, an era from the 1950s through 1980s 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 Métis National Council lead on child-welfare issues, is advancing the creation of a framework that will advance reconciliation for Métis Sixties Scoop survivors.

“It is our responsibility, as the Métis Government, to right the wrongs that Métis Survivors suffered while enduring this cultural genocide,” says David Chartrand MMF President.  “Going forward, we seek justice. We seek to correct and rectify the legacy of this dark chapter in Canada’s history. We will not fail Métis Survivors.”

“Reconciliation of our Sixties Scoop Survivors is paramount,” says Denis Thomas MMF Minister of The Sixties Scoop. “We will hear the stories of survivors and work with them to create a reconciliation process that reflects their needs to heal.” 

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 Community is Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founder of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:
Glorian Chartrand
Métis National Council Sixties Scoop Coordinator 
Cell: 204 794-5081

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