Sixties Scoop has lasting impacts
My husband and children are Métis. At the age of two, my husband was taken from his family by Child and Family Services and adopted by a non-Métis non-Indigenous family and moved out of his home province.
The stories that have been coming out about the abuse and murders that have taken place across Canada have really hit home for my family. The Sixties Scoop didn’t stop in the 1960s, it still continues today. Eighty per cent of children in Canadian foster care are Métis and Indigenous.
Part of healing for the Métis, Indigenous and Inuit people will come from Canada’s acknowledgement of the genocide that took place in residential schools across Canada.
The definition of genocide is “the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group.”
The House of Commons has ruled that no genocide took place.
Trudeau’s apology is not enough. The courts need to admit this was a genocide and take responsibility. The Catholic Church needs to take responsibility.