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Manitoba Metis Federation hosts Sixties Scoop Engagement Session in Winnipeg

March 23, 2019

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Manitoba Metis Federation hosts Sixties Scoop Engagement Session in Winnipeg
 

Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) invited Métis Survivors of the Sixties Scoop to participate in a Sixties Scoop Engagement Session in Winnipeg on March 23-24. It was one of the first two engagement sessions held in Manitoba, with several more set to take place across the Métis Nation Homeland in April. 

Métis Sixties Scoop Survivors are invited to attend to share their stories and to state their vision for justice, healing, and restitution. Counselors and Elders will be available to Survivors during the Métis Nation Sixties Scoop Engagement Sessions.

“The Sixties Scoop was an attempt to steal one child at a time, break our families, and diminish our Métis Nation. It is a dark chapter in Canadian history. Yet, for decades the churches, the federal government, and the provincial government denied any wrong-doing towards the Métis People. No more – the federal government has committed to working with the Métis Nation to redress the wrongs perpetrated against our People during the Sixties Scoop,” said MMF President and Métis National Council Minister of Social Development, David Chartrand. “We stand with our Métis Sixties Scoop Survivors in the pursuit of reparation, justice, and healing. We are moving forward towards reconciliation.”

From 1951 to 1991, Métis children were apprehended and placed with non-Indigenous families, sometimes thousands of kilometres from their homes in other provinces and even other countries. The federal government announced a year ago that it would settle numerous lawsuits related the Sixties Scoop, but these lawsuits only included First Nation Survivors. Métis Nation Survivors were left out in the settlement. 

“Reconciliation for our Métis Sixties Scoop Survivors is one of our top priorities,” said Denise Thomas, MMF Minister responsible for the Sixties Scoop portfolio. “These engagement sessions let Survivors share their stories and guide us on what they want to see in this reconciliation process. Métis Survivors spoke at the first Engagement Session in Swan River. We heard their need for reparationaccountability, and for healing from the injustices they and their families suffered during the Sixties Scoop. Métis Survivors also spoke about the need to educate the general public, and the need for systemic change to today’s child welfare system so that no Métis child has to suffer the pain of separation from parents, family, community, and the Métis Nation.”

The Métis National Council (MNC) launched a Sixties Scoop web portal and registration database in December, which connects Métis Survivors from across the country with the reconciliation process. The MNC hopes to reach a reconciliation agreement with the federal government by October 2019. The Sixties Scoop web portal can be accessed at https://www.sixties.scoop.metisportals.ca/.
 

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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 are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.


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