Welcome to the Creating a Foundation for Sixties Scoop Survivors website. This website provides all the information and news about the Sixties Scoop Foundation and Engagement process.
- Our purpose is to create a Foundation that will serve everyone affected by child welfare removal and to hear voices and recommendations from as many affected individuals as possible, from across Canada.
Our Principles to Survivor Engagement:
- Survivor voices above all others
- Maximum engagement with survivors
- All survivor voices heard, valued and respected
The Interim Board and its Advisors will engage with survivors across the country to ask them how the new Foundation can best serve survivors along your journeys. We will ask survivors what the want the Foundation to do to best serve them in recovery and reclamation. How can the Foundation best support their goals? Their voices and their insight are critical in helping answer these questions.
All the information gathered from the Foundation Engagement process will directly inform a final report including specific recommendations for the Interim Board on how to formally establish a Foundation that best serves the needs and aspirations of Sixties Scoop survivors, rooted deeply in the feedback we receive from survivors across the country.
These Foundation Engagement sessions will be led by Kenn Richard, Dr. Raven Sinclair, and Conrad Prince, the latter two survivors themselves. All three individuals share a life-long commitment to Sixties Scoop survivors and Indigenous communities.
About the Sixties Scoop Foundation Interim board
The Interim Board was created to lay the groundwork for the creation of a Sixties Scoop Foundation. Its members include lead plaintiffs in the Sixties Scoop settlement and experts in Indigenous child welfare issues.
Members of the Interim board
Maggie Blue Waters (Co-Chair)
Maggie is a Sixties Scoop survivor and a lead plaintiff in the National Sixties Scoop Settlement. She is from the Montreal Lake Cree Nation and lives with her family in rural Saskatchewan.
Sally Susan Mathias (Co-Chair)
Sally (previously Marcia Brown Martel) is a Sixties Scoop survivor, a lead plaintiff in the National Sixties Scoop Settlement, and former Chief of Beaverhouse First Nation. As the lead plaintiff in the Ontario Case, Marcia worked for more than a decade to bring about justice for Sixties Scoop survivors. She lives with her family in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
Dr. Cindy Blackstock
Cindy is the Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and a Professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work. A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. Cindy has collaborated with other Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous children.
Dr. Jeannine Carriere (Resignation: June 29, 2020)
Jeannine is Métis, a Sixties Scoop survivor, and originally from the Red River area of southern Manitoba. She has been teaching social work since 1994 in Alberta and at the University of Victoria since 2005 where she teaches at the School of Social Work. As a survivor of adoption, a researcher of Indigenous adoption, and a former child welfare professional, Dr. Carriere brings a wealth of experiences and perspectives to the Interim Board.
Sharon is a Sixties Scoop survivor and a lead plaintiff in the National Sixties Scoop Settlement. She is from Gitsegukla band which means “people of the sharp pointed mountain.”
Jeffery Wilson was lead counsel on the Ontario Sixties Scoop claim, which he shepherded through the legal system for more than a decade. Jeffery’s career began with the writing of Canada’s leading text on children’s law and was the Founding Director of the legal aid clinic “Justice for Children and Youth”. Through his practice, he has advocated for children’s rights for close to 40 years.
Kenn Richard and Dr. Raven Sinclair were secured as executive advisors to the Interim Board and will lead the consultation process. They will also seek advice and best practices from survivors and experts on Foundation structure and governance.
Kenn Richard’s family comes from the French and Métis settlements in the Red River Valley. Living in Toronto since 1978, he became the original founder of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. As Executive Director he helped craft a truly alternative response to Child Welfare. Recently awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, Mr. Richard has a strong reputation for his advocacy and was one of the first to write critically about Indigenous children in the adoption system. Kenn served as an expert witness in the settlement process and contributes to many regional and national initiatives on Indigenous Children’s issues.
Dr. Raven Sinclair
Dr. Raven Sinclair (Ótiskewápíwskew) is Cree/Assinniboine/Saulteaux from George Gordon’s First Nation. Dr. Sinclair is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Regina and Sixties Scoop researcher, author, and film maker. She is an adoptee and survivor of the Sixties Scoop.
Director, Engagement – Conrad Prince
Conrad Prince is an Anishinabe, a member of Sagkeeng First Nation (Treaty #1) in Manitoba and is an adoptee and survivor of the Sixties Scoop. He is trained in Criminology and Sociology has worked over a decade in the Indigenous health research field focusing on community-led participatory action research. Recently, he has broadened his community relationship development expertise into the area of child and Indigenous rights, establishing a National Reconciliation Program at the Save the Children Canada. He has been speaking up and out on Indigenous children rights issues and the need for Indigenous self-determined systems for over 20 years and has spoken at many conferences, gatherings, and meetings on these issues.