When will the Engagement process begin and what will it achieve?

The Engagement team hosted an online engagement survey from December 2019 through March 2020 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 thousands 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 engagements sessions including how participants felt about the experience, you can read our session update summaries available here. 

Is this related to the Sixties Scoop Claim info sessions that are currently taking place?

No. The claim information sessions, focused on helping people complete the claims form, are being led by Collectiva—the organization responsible for administering the National Sixties Scoop Settlement Claim process. The Foundation is not involved in these sessions. We encourage people to visit the Collectiva website for more information. 

What is the Foundation’s relationship with government?

The Foundation is a fully independent charitable organization. It is being created with funding from the Government of Canada, awarded as part of the National Sixties Scoop Settlement. The consultation process is being led independently of government by advisors (Kenn Richard and Dr. Raven Sinclair) who report directly to the Interim Board.

What services or support will the Foundation provide?

That’s an important question and it will be answered directly from survivors’ voices gathered during the engagement process. 

Using the feedback from the thousands of Survivors we heard during the engagement process, we are developing actionable recommendations for the Interim Board and future permanent Board of the Foundation. These recommendations will include advise how to formally establish a Foundation that best serves the needs and aspirations of Sixties Scoop survivors and anyone affected by child welfare removal including Métis, Inuit and First Nations. As mentioned before, these recommendations will be deeply rooted in the feedback we received from you and other Survivors across the country. 

When will the report be published?

The report will be released later this summer on this website. 

How was the Engagement Process paid for?

The Government of Canada provided funding for the Engagement process that is separate and apart from the initial $50 million being granted to fund the Foundation. 

How was the Interim Board chosen and how long will it be in place?

It was necessary to form an Interim Board in order for funds to be established for the Foundation. The lead plaintiffs in the settlement—Sally and Maggie—agreed to take on this responsibility and recruited support from child welfare experts who bring the necessary knowledge and credibility to help oversee the consultation process. The Interim Board will remain in place for a limited period until the Engagement process is finished and an official Board can be elected.

Are Interim Board members paid?

No. This is purely a volunteer role.

How do I apply to be a board member?

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 board member or our open call for the Foundation’s board of directors beginning this summer, please stay tuned for more details on our website following the release of the report and join our mailing list (link to mailing list sign up should be added here) for upcoming information. 

Who can I reach out to for support?

We encourage anyone who is seeking support for themselves or a loved on to reach out to the Hope for Wellness Crisis hotline at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca. 

The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada and is available for 24/7. 

In addition, the following directories are available to link you to mental health care in your community: 

The Clearinghouse publishes The Key: Aboriginal Mental Health Services/Support Directory. An up-to-date version can be ordered for free by calling the Clearinghouse, or you can download a PDF of an earlier version by clicking this link. 

Are there any communities I can join for support?

Yes! Below are Sixties Scoop online communities that you can join and speak with other survivors: 

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 info@60sscoopfoundation.com.