ONTARIO Sixties Scoop Claim Information Session

Onerahtókha/ April 5, 2017 

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is inviting community members who may have been affected by the Sixties Scoop to attend an information  session  on  Tuesday,  April  18,  2017, from 1PM until 4PM at the Kawehno:ke Recreation Center. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne  is  hosting  this  session and  includes  a  presentation from  Jessica  Braude  of Wilson Christen law firm. 

The Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim is about an agreement between Canada and Ontario that resulted in a lost generation of Indian children. The children were “lost” because they lost their cultural identity, family, extended family, community, language, spirituality, traditions and  customs  of  their  First  Nations’  communities.  Canada  turned  a  blind  eye  to  the protection of the identity of the Indian child when it entered into an agreement leaving these children to be dealt with under Ontario child protection and adoption laws without regard to their cultural identity. 

Indian Children who were taken from their homes in Ontario –and Quebec Districts of Akwesasne-­‐ between December 1, 1965 and December 31, 1984 and were place in the care of non-­‐aboriginal foster or adoptive parents.  

To be an eligible member of the class for this claim, you must meet the following criteria: 

1.   is a registered Indian, and 

2.   was removed from your Indian reserve, and 

3.   was removed from your Ontario reserve between December 1, 1965 and December 31, 1984, and 

4.   was placed in the care of non-­‐aboriginal foster or adoptive parents, and 

5.   those non-­‐aboriginal foster parents or adoptive parents did not raise you in accordance with your aboriginal or Indian customs, traditions and practices. 

If you  would  like  to  apply for the  Claim, or if you require further information, please contact the Mohawk Government offices at 613-­‐575-­‐2348.  Application forms will also be available at the Mohawk Government Building #2. 

Qualifying as a Class Member – Additional Information

If you don’t know if you qualify as a “class” member, you should still register. Review the following 12 examples to assess if you should register as a “class” member:

(1) If you can’t remember  or do not know the dates of either living on a reserve  or when you were place in a non-aboriginal  foster or non-aboriginal  adoptive home, register. It does not matter that you cannot remember or do not know the dates of either event.

(2)  If  you  can’t  remember  or  do  not  know  the  exact  dates,  or  even  the  year  when  it happened, just approximately some time during the 20-year period, register.

(3) If you can’t remember or do not know where you ended up, the place of your foster home or adoptive home, register. You don’t need to know or remember where you were placed.

(4)  If  you  can’t  remember  or  do  not  know  if  you  were  a  status  Indian  when  you  were removed, register. You don’t need proof of your Indian status to register.

(5) If you went from an Indian residential school to a non-aboriginal foster home or non- aboriginal adoptive home, register. We intend to include you as part of the class.

(6) If you were born as an Indian and did not ever live on a reserve, but went directly to a non-aboriginal foster home or non-aboriginal adoptive home, register.

(7) If you were removed before December  1, 1965 but placed in a non-aboriginal  foster home or non-aboriginal adoptive home any time between December 1, 1965 and December 31, 1984, register.

(8) If you don’t know whether where you lived was an official or registered Indian reserve, register. It does not matter whether you know whether the First Nations community  was or was not an official or registered reserve.

(9) If you know you were not a status Indian when you were removed, and then placed in a non-aboriginal foster home or adoptive home, but you identify as a Canadian aboriginal person, for example, a Métis, register. Indicate this fact on the registration form.

(10) If you were removed before December 1, 1965 but placed in a non-aboriginal  foster home or non-aboriginal adoptive home any time between December 1, 1965 and December 31, 1984, register.

(11) If you don’t know whether where you lived was an official or registered Indian reserve, register. It does not matter whether you know whether the First Nations community  was or was not an official or registered reserve.

(12) If you know you were not a status Indian when you were removed, and then placed in a non-aboriginal foster home or adoptive home, but you identify as a Canadian aboriginal person, for example, a Métis, register. Indicate this fact on the registration form.