Creating a foundation for Sixties Scoop survivors

The approved national settlement for Sixties Scoop survivors provided an initial $50 million to establish a Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation.

This Foundation is fully independent of the government. And it is for everyone impacted by the Sixties Scoop, the survivors across the country—Inuit, First Nations, Métis, non-status—everyone.

The Interim Board of the Healing Foundation came together to guide its development. As part of that, the Interim Board decided to undertake a national engagement process and those first steps started with you: Sixties Scoop Survivors.

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About the Engagement Process

Between December 2019 and February 2020, the Engagement team hosted an online engagement survey and 10 Sixties Scoop Survivor Healing Foundation Engagement sessions in the following locations:

  • Montreal, QC on September 22, 2019
  • Winnipeg, MB on October 5, 2019
  • Halifax, NS on November 9, 2019
  • Toronto, ON on November 16, 2019
  • Calgary, AB on November 30, 2019
  • Saskatoon, SK on December 7, 2019
  • Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL on January 11, 2020
  • Vancouver, BC on February 1, 2020
  • Yellowknife, NWT on February 8, 2020
  • Iqaluit, NU on February 15, 2020

We are honoured that hundreds of survivors joined us to share their voices in person and online. It is our principle that all survivor voices are heard, valued and respected and we stayed true to that by engaging self-identifying survivors who lived on and off reserves, status, non-status, Inuit, and Métis from across Canada and elsewhere. To learn more about the engagement sessions, including how participants felt about the experience, you can read our session update summaries available here.

What’s Next

Over the past few months, the team has been working to round up and analyze all the feedback from the hundreds of Survivors we heard from during the engagement process, in order to develop actionable recommendations for the Interim Board based upon your voices. These recommendations will advise how to structure the Foundation so that it meets the needs and aspirations of Sixties Scoop survivors, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. The recommendations will be deeply rooted in the feedback we received from you and other Survivors across the country. This report will be released to the Interim Board later this summer and we look forward to sharing it with you! 

We also know that everyone wants to see the Foundation up and running as quickly as possible, but – as we heard from Survivors across the country – ensuring this Foundation has the right leadership and mandate in place, and is built to last, is very important.  The next steps in the Foundation’s development include the recruitment of a permanent Board who will finalize the Foundation’s mandate and policies, with the aim of using funds in the best possible way to support Survivors today and into the future. 

For those who are interested in applying to be a part of the permanent Board, please stay tuned for more details to be shared on our website following the release of the report, and in our email updates to come this summer. 

Staying Connected. Remembering Our Resilience. 

We want survivors to know that even in these tough times, there is still community and there is still support. Remember that, you are resilient and there is always hope. 

For many, the Engagement Process was the start of new connections to fellow Survivors and to a sense of belonging.  While we endure the challenge of being apart in the midst of COVID-19, it is important to remember that we are not alone.  If anything, the Engagement Process demonstrated that, while so many of us grew up isolated, we share a connection to each other because of what we have overcome.  We are still here, we still have each other and the pandemic will end. 

For those interested in connecting virtually, here is a list of online 60s Scoop Communities that you can explore: 

In addition, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) represents 107 Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations (PTA) in Canada to further connect in your community.  

We will update this list as we learn of new groups and communities for survivors that promote safety and compassion for all members. Please let us know your suggestions at 

Thank you so much for your patience as we continue our journey of creating a foundation for Survivors, by Survivors. 

    • What should this Foundation do?

    • Who should run it?

    • How should it be governed?

    • What should it be called?

  • These are critical questions. We believe they should be answered by those who understand the needs of survivors best: survivors.

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    As our Engagement process comes to an end, we want to make sure you hear the results and next steps directly.

    The Engagement team has now completed the 10 in-person engagement sessions.  Our online engagement survey will close on March 1st at midnight PST.

    All the information gathered from this Foundation Engagement process will directly inform a final report including recommendations for the Interim Board on how to formally establish a Foundation that best serves the needs and aspirations of Sixties Scoop survivors. These recommendations will be deeply rooted in the feedback we received from survivors across the country.

    This report will be released in the Spring/Summer 2020. To receive updates on our progress and the report launch, please provide your information below:

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