February 14, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – Today, an Ontario Superior Court judge took an important step towards providing justice for Sixties Scoop Survivors.
“The judge was clear – Canada breached its “duty of care” for 16,000 Indigenous children who were denied a connection to their culture,” says Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Robert Bertrand. “I sincerely hope this will help to mend wounds and make steps towards reconciliation.”
Eight years ago, 16,000 Sixties Scoop Survivors launched a class action suit claiming the federal government failed to ensure children removed from their homes maintained a connection to their culture. The group says they were ultimately harmed when a federal-provincial agreement worked to remove thousands of Indigenous children from their homes.
“Although there is still a long road to reconciliation, this judgement will hopefully bring some peace and justice to the thousands of Indigenous children stripped of their culture,” says National Chief Bertrand.
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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.