Canada ‘Sixties Scoop’: Indigenous survivors map out their stories – BBC News

as an indigenous child i was trafficked from northern saskatchewan i was adopted when i was two we were brought up for a short while in saskatoon i have two older sisters we were taken from our biological parents down to the southern saskatchewan we moved to white rock in british columbia we went through two or three foster homes all the way to africa we ended up moving to england all the way to ontario we were adopted into a non-indigenous household which is about 3 000 miles away from our traditional territories back then black cars are dark cars could just kind of come up the back roads and scoop up children and that was how i was apprehended i honestly my sisters and i believe we were the only ones we thought our experience growing up with non-indigenous folks was unique [Laughter] the social services services would write what they said was your story it wasn't quite literally the truth but it was the truth in which they decided to depict your story my sisters and i we all ran away from home by the time we're 15 years old to escape a very very violent home and sexual abuse i was documented as a failure to thrive child in the foster care system and i believe that was from being overwhelmed and not understanding not being told in my language because i only spoke cree i wasn't even told that i was messy so because of that i didn't really know a lot about things and especially growing up as being very young in white rock and then again england it was even more far removed from you know from where i was i just wanted my parents to say that they looked for us that they missed us i think we were a painful reminder of what was taken away from them and even that guilt that they were left with and i find that you know that's kind of straight across the board for a lot of biological families the settlement includes a 50 million dollar foundation for healing commemoration education language and culture but we know there are other claims left unresolved so we're working to address harm suffered by other indigenous children as a result of the 60s scoop throughout this whole process of the settlement of you know the little bit of education that's out there on the internet about the 60 scoop survivors have not been given the option to tell their stories it's not enough to talk about it we need to show canadians and people in the world how far we've been taken from our traditional lands as indigenous people and having our identities erased [Music] it's really important to see that this legacy which is within my lifetime we are a people who have been here for thousands of years and in a very short period of time were pulled up and ripped apart and really the culture killed for very many people and because of that you have a displaced people within their own land and it makes a difference when you're trying to understand who these people are where they've come from and what kind of things they've been put through it's really validating to meet with other adoptees who have the similar similar experiences and feel like they don't fit in anywhere the vast connection that we have and the vast disconnection we have i i know there's no word for it because i'm thinking of it in cree so we have a word of minnow primondo in like that good path that good walk so if i know the hardship of the people then you would know the hearts of the hardship of the others that live around you on this walk you

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