WHERE ARE THE SIXTIES SCOOP SURVIVOR FOUNDATION ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS
GOING TO BE HELD?
The interim board and its advisors will be hosting 10 Sixties Scoop Survivor Foundation Engagement sessions in the following locations.
Session # 1
|Montreal, QC||Delta Montreal
475 Avenue du Président-Kennedy
Session # 2
|Winnipeg, MB||Victoria Inn Hotel &
1808 Wellington Ave
Session # 3
|Halifax, NS||Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
101 Wyse Road
Session # 4
|Toronto, ON||Chelsea Hotel
33 Gerrard Street West
Session # 5
|Calgary, AB||MacEwan Conference & Event Centre
402 Collegiate Blvd. NW
Session # 6
|Saskatoon, SK||TBD||Dec. 7th|
Session # 7
|Happy Valley Goose-Bay, NL||TBD||Jan. 11th|
Session # 8
|Vancouver, BC||TBD||Feb. 1st|
Session # 9
|Yellowknife, NWT||TBD||Feb. 8th|
Session # 10
|Iqaluit, NU||TBD||Feb. 15th|
Session Agenda (breakfast & lunch provided)
- 8:30 AM – Doors open, registration and check-in (light breakfast available)
- 9:30 AM – Traditional opening and welcome from Elder and Advisors
- 10:30 AM – Sharing Circles
- 12:30 PM – Lunch
- 1:30 PM – Advice to the Foundation: Facilitated Session
- 2:45 PM – Refreshment Break
- 3:00 PM – Advice to the Foundation: Facilitated Session (continued)
- 4:30 PM – Closing remarks, next steps, and traditional closing
- 5:00 PM – Travel home
Directions to Venue Locations
Calgary, November 30th
If you are interested in attending one of the engagement sessions, please submit an RSVP application
ONLINE ENGAGEMENT – COMING SOON
In keeping with our Foundation Engagement Process Guiding Principles, we plan on launching an Online Engagement platform that will allow survivors to add their voice, needs, and aspirations for the new Foundation. The Interim Board and its Advisors recognize the importance of creating additional options for survivors to contribute to the establishment of the Foundation.
October 5, 2019 – Winnipeg Session
On Saturday October 5, 2019, we held our second 60’s Scoop survivor engagement session in Winnipeg Manitoba. Approximately 52 survivors from Winnipeg and surrounding areas joined us for the day. The morning began with a traditional opening from Elder Charlie Nelson and an honour song from Elder Leroy Bennet.
The engagement team kept to the same format that was conducted in Montreal, except for including more time for participants to introduce themselves, icebreakers and energizers. There were a few survivor participants that had never been in a room with other survivors and had never had an opportunity to share their experiences with others. The engagement team was mindful of this situation and worked with the two Elders and mental health specialist, Don Robinson and Amanda Burton, to sensitively communicate to the survivors they could access them should they require it.
Thirty-two participants completed evaluation forms sharing their impressions of the Winnipeg session. Here are some results:
- 87% of participants felt comfortable or completely comfortable expressing their views.
- 83% of participants felt heard or completely heard & understood
- 97% of participants felt the session was meaningful or very meaningful
- 100% of participants felt their background was respected of very respected
- 94% of participants felt satisfied or completely satisfied overall
Participant were also asked, “What, if anything, would you like to share with us to improve the engagement session?” Here is a snapshot of a few responses:
“Leaving with hope. Great Elder. Sharing of story excellent. Educated people – showed lots of respect. Ideas are welcomed. Appreciation acknowledged. Excellent – need more like this in FN lands. Staff should visit and present this in FN lands. More affiliations with people.”
“Leaders need to spread out – not all at one table. Getting people to engage more requires all the Leadership to engage, not sit off to the side. Give people the opportunity to connect – exchange contacts and network among all participants. All that being said, I heartily commend and thank you for your efforts!”
“Awesome team and team members. Involvement in providing feedback on our perspectives on the sticky paper was/is a true process of listening and hearing from us. Rating or prioritizing our feedback was also beneficial to me.”
September 22, 2019 – Montreal Session
On Saturday, September 22nd, we held our first 60s Scoop survivor engagement session in Montreal, Quebec. About 25 participants from Montreal, Ottawa, and surrounding areas joined us for the day. The morning began with a beautiful opening ceremony with our two Elders, Niloie:ren from Kahnnawa:ke and Leroy Bennet from Sagamok.
After some housekeeping notes and introductions by our advisors, Kenn Richard and Raven Sinclair, participants joined small sharing circles where participants could speak to their experience and what they wanted others to know about being a Sixties Scoop survivor. There was both laughter and tears. Our two Elders and experienced mental health expert, Vicky Boldo, offered support and comfort to those in need.
Following the circles, and a tasty lunch, participants took part in a facilitated feedback process, where they were asked to provide their views and opinions on five key questions:
• What should the Foundation do?
• What values should guide the Foundation?
• What are the most important skills, qualities, and experiences a Foundation board member should have?
• How do we make sure the Foundation lasts into the future?
• How should the Foundation’s identity be expressed?
Participants were also invited to share any “wild ideas” or suggestions for what the Foundation should be named.
The feedback was rich, thoughtful, and inspiring.
Participants were also asked to complete an engagement evaluation at the end of the day. The evaluation was developed to measure how the engagement team is performing in relation to our engagement guiding principles. One of our guiding principles is “all survivors voices, heard, valued and respected”. Participants evaluated the team:
• 88% of participants felt comfortable or completely comfortable
• 81% of participants felt they had a full opportunity to fully express their view.
• 96% of participants felt heard or completely heard & understood
• 96% of participants felt the session was meaningful or very meaningful
• 96% of participants felt their background was respected of very respected
The day closed with prayers from our Elders and the singing of the “Traveller’s Song.” As we stood together in the singing circle, there was a strong feeling of community in the room.
The Engagement Team is extremely grateful to all of those who joined us for this very first session. For those in and around Montreal who could not make it, we hope you will participate in our online engagement tool, which will be available (in both French and English) in the coming weeks.
August 17, 2019 – Survivor Association Meeting
On Friday, August 17th, Advisors Kenn Richard and Raven Sinclair met with representatives of Sixties Scoop Survivor groups and associations from across the country to get their input and guidance on the engagement process. Participants included representatives from the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network from Ottawa, Nova Scotia, Yukon, Labrador, and British Columbia, as well as representatives from the 60s Scoop Legacy of Canada based in Manitoba, the Creating Hope Society of Alberta, the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta, and the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan. The engagement team looks forward to hearing from more groups and individuals across the country through the national engagement process over the months ahead. If you are a member of a Sixties Scoop survivor group or organization, and would like to get involved please contact Conrad Prince: email@example.com