CAP Advocates That Sixties Scoop Settlement
Benefit All Indigenous Survivors
October 6, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Robert Bertrand of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) welcomes today’s announcement by the Government of Canada regarding the settlement with the Indigenous survivors of the Sixties Scoop. In addition to a maximum of $750M in individual compensation for status Indians and Inuit and $75M in legal fees, the Agreement-In-Principle has committed to $50M towards the establishment of a Foundation to enable change and reconciliation.
However, National Chief Bertrand is disappointed that the settlement does not fully recognize all of CAP’s constituents which includes non-status Indians and Métis. “I would ask the federal government as to what is to happen to those survivors who do not have Indian status or who identify as Métis?” questions Chief Bertrand. “Those countless numbers of children who, in the process of being forcibly removed from their rightful familial environment, had their Indigenous identities stolen. This settlement should take into account those who were torn from their Indigenous communities and ended up living off-reserve.”
“If the Government of Canada is ready to move forward on addressing this destructive colonial initiative through this settlement, it must reach each Indigenous survivor, regardless of their identity or residence” concludes Chief Bertrand.
CAP has previously advocated for reconciliation measures for Sixties Scoop survivors and supported the Ontario Superior Court’s findings this past February that Canada breached its “duty of care” for 16,000 Indigenous children who were denied a connection to their culture due to the Sixties Scoop. CAP has also advocated for the federal government to introduce and fund project initiatives aimed at addressing and healing the deep scars left on the thousands of survivors.
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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.