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  Location Venue Date
Survivor
Session # 1
Montreal, QC Delta Montreal
475 Avenue du Président-Kennedy
COMPLETE
Survivor
Session # 2
Winnipeg, MB Victoria Inn Hotel &
Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Ave
COMPLETE
Survivor
Session # 3
Halifax, NS Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
101 Wyse Road
COMPLETE
Survivor
Session # 4
Toronto, ON Chelsea Hotel
33 Gerrard Street West
COMPLETE
Survivor
Session # 5
Calgary, AB MacEwan Conference & Event Centre
MacEwan Ballroom
402 Collegiate Blvd. NW
COMPLETE
Survivor
Session # 6
Saskatoon, SK Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel
612 Spadina Crescent East
Venue room: South West
COMPLETE
Survivor
Session # 7
Happy Valley Goose-Bay, NL Hotel North 2
382 Hamilton River Road
COMPLETE
Survivor
Session # 8
Vancouver, BC Vancouver Convention Centre – West Building        1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
COMPLETE
Survivor
Session # 9
Yellowknife, NWT Chateau Nova
4571 48 Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 0E2
COMPLETE
Survivor
Session # 10
Iqaluit, NU Frobisher Inn
Astro Hill Complex
Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0
COMPLETE
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

 


ONLINE ENGAGEMENT SURVEY NOW OPEN!

We are excited announce the launch of our Online Engagement Survey (available in both English and French)! The online engagement survey is intended to gather the voices and recommendations from survivors who are unable to physically attend an in-person engagement session. This survey will allow you to share your voice with the foundation from wherever you are, whether you live outside of Canada and or are simply more comfortable engaging in this format. The online engagement survey covers the same questions as those being asked in the in-person sessions.

Every voice matters. Share your voice and take our Online Engagement Survey

SESSION UPDATES

January 11 – Happy Valley-Goose Bay Session
On Saturday, January 11, 2019, we held our seventh 60’s Scoop survivor engagement session in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL. It was an intimate session with 9 survivors joining us from various areas of the Labrador region. Elder Leroy Bennet was present at the session, but due to the strong Inuit representation, survivors were asked to open with their own chosen prayer. Led by one of the survivors, the prayer was emotional and powerful and opened the session in a good way.

The engagement team changed the format to a roundtable to allow for greater ideation within this session. The entire group, including the team and the survivors, felt comfortable enough to meaningful engage right from the start of the session. Similarly to all previous sessions, during and after the talking circles, the team and Elder worked collaboratively together to support survivors as they shared their stories.

With a smaller group, the Q&A and feedback session was driven by collaboration and reflection – all participants worked together to build upon each other’s ideas. Bringing a focus on Inuit and Innu representation, they expressed a positive outlook on the future work of the Foundation in supporting their healing, health and well-being as well as their communities.  Some survivors took the initiative to collect contact information from other survivors attending to begin a Survivor Association group for survivors in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Participant Feedback
Every participant completed evaluation forms sharing their impressions of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay session. Here are some results:

  • 100% of participants felt comfortable or completely comfortable expressing their views.
  • 89% of participants felt heard or completely heard
  • 89% of participants felt the session was meaningful or very meaningful
  • 100% of participants felt their background was respected or very respected
  • 100% of participants felt satisfied or completely satisfied overall

Participant Responses

“Thank you for the opportunity to attend and meet others who have been through the same circumstance as myself and to feel connected and to have my voice heard. Thank you for coming and having us engage and be inclusive. Thank you very much.”

“Thank you for being there and incorporating Labrador.”

December 7 – Saskatoon Session
On Saturday, December 7, 2019, we held our sixth 60’s Scoop survivor engagement session in Saskatoon Saskatchewan.  Approximately 70 survivors from across the province joined us for the day. The morning began as usual with a traditional opening and welcoming remarks. Elders Maria Campbell and Sanford Strongarm Sr. were provided and accepted tobacco and was requested to open the session in a good way, provide cultural support to survivor and welcome everyone to their traditional territory.  As usual,  Elder Leroy Bennet sang an Honor song for the survivors.

The engagement team kept to the same format as the previous five sessions.  The mental health and cultural supports did an outstanding job creating a safe space for survivors so they felt comfortable enough to meaningful engagement in the activities.  During and after the talking circles, the mental health support workers and Elders worked collaboratively together to support survivors as they shared their stories.

Once again the Q & A and feedback session prompted a few survivors to speak from their hearts about the impact of being taken away from their families and cultures; however, they expressed a positive outlook on the future work of the Foundation in supporting their healing, health and well-being.  Some survivors took the opportunity to speak about their concerns about the current Indigenous child welfare removal system.  The lead facilitators provided time and space for individuals to voice their concerns.

Participant Feedback
Forty-two out of participants completed evaluation forms sharing their impressions of the Calgary session. Here are some results:

  • 85% of participants felt comfortable or completely comfortable expressing their views.
  • 81% of participants felt heard or completely heard
  • 84% of participants felt the session was meaningful or very meaningful
  • 95% of participants felt their background was respected or very respected
  • 81% of participants felt satisfied or completely satisfied overall

Participant Responses

Thank you for this opportunity. I will keep contact. Everything was awesome truly.

Everything went well and went smoothly. Coffee always on and support staff in place is very meaningful. Recommend that phones be put down or turned off.

The report when it’s released include as much as possible.

Felt very acknowledged and appreciated, thank you

Felt like more time was spent explaining foundation than was for survivors to discuss. Session felt rushed

A beginning is beautiful

November 30th – Calgary Session
On Saturday, November 30, 2019, we held our fifth 60’s Scoop survivor engagement session in Calgary, Alberta.  Approximately 90 survivors from across the province joined us for the day which has been our largest turnout so far. The morning began as usual with a traditional opening and welcoming remarks. Elder Herman Many Guns and Bernadette Iahtail opened the session by requesting our ancestors to support survivors as they engage in the work and welcoming the engagement team to Treaty 7 territory.  Elder Leroy Bennet sang an Honor song for the survivors.   Adam North Peigan, president of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA), addressed survivor participants and provided inspirational opening remarks that contributed greatly to setting a positive and optimistic tone to the engagement session.

The engagement team kept to the same format as the previous four sessions.  There was a clear connection between survivors at the session, where many of the participants greeted each other with warm smiles and hugs.  It became evident to the engagement team and the advisors the work SSISA had been conducting in the province has resulted in connecting survivors together and creating a sense of community.  SSISA’s work across the province illustrates the critical importance provincial and regional associations can play in bringing together and creating a community of belonging for 60’s scoop survivors.

Participant Feedback
Sixty-six out of participants completed evaluation forms sharing their impressions of the Calgary session. Here are some results:

  • 87% of participants felt comfortable or completely comfortable expressing their views.
  • 89% of participants felt heard or completely heard
  • 97% of participants felt the session was meaningful or very meaningful
  • 99% of participants felt their background was respected or very respected
  • 95% of participants felt satisfied or completely satisfied overall

Participant Responses

To be telecasted. Transportation for 60s Scoop survivors (south).Host 3 days session

In the introductions, it would be great for the survivors to be able to identify where their indigenous family are from or to have a map with the pins

Child care~ I brought my son and staff was amazing and watched him but having care for kids would be awesome!

It would be nice to have at least one sitting interim board member at these sessions

I am glad I came! I learned a lot from talking with others! Thank you!

Excellent session and helpful to better understand the National Sixties Scoop foundation Engage.

I really enjoyed the “open mic” session, the intimacy of smaller session was healing. But I think the ability to voice your stories, ideas, testaments was validating. Our very existence is our strength and our legacy to carry forward.

November 16th – Toronto Session
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, we held our fourth 60’s Scoop survivor engagement session in Toronto, Ontario.  Approximately 67 survivors from across the province joined us for the day. The morning began as usual with a traditional opening and welcoming remarks. Elder Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell opened the session by requesting our ancestors to support survivors as they engage in the work.  Elder Leroy Bennet sang an Honor song for the survivors.

The engagement team kept to the same format as the previous three sessions including engaging participants in short activities that allow them to get to know each other.  Several participants arrived before the session begin and informed staff team members they were looking forward to the session and wanted to get an early start. There was a fair amount of positive energy in the room with survivor participants interacting and sharing their stories, needs and aspirations for their Foundation.

During the feedback and Q & A portion of the session, survivors built on ideas and expanded on ideas for their foundation. Some survivors took the opportunity to speak their minds about the concerns they had with the overall Indigenous Child Welfare removal system and how it continues to impact them negatively, their children and communities. They spoke passionately from their hearts and respectfully.  The engagement team including the facilitators, supported survivors as they brought voice to their stories.

Participant Feedback
Fifty-three out of participants completed evaluation forms sharing their impressions of the Toronto session. Here are some results:

  • 90% of participants felt comfortable or completely comfortable expressing their views.
  • 90% of participants felt heard or completely heard
  • 92% of participants felt the session was meaningful or very meaningful
  • 94% of participants felt their background was respected or very respected
  • 94% of participants felt satisfied or completely satisfied overall

Participant Responses

I appreciate the small group circles to start the day. This process must continue, survivors have a lot to share, and we have no had opportunities to share our stories and views. So many good ideas were shared, and it’s part of our collective healing.

Believe in this process and this Foundation. Excellent environment. Safety was very much taken care of.

Ensuring support for all members who participate in the engagement sessions. Glad to hear you can continue to engage online!

I only learned of this event after messages shared on social media. The content was well received and have grown personally. Thanks

November 9, 2019 – Atlantic Region Session
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, we held our third 60’s Scoop survivor engagement session in the wonderful city of Halifax. Twenty-six survivors from the Atlantic region joined us for the day, despite the winter weather that prevented several survivors from travelling to attend. The morning began as usual with a traditional opening. Elder Geri Musqua-LeBlanc opened the session by asking the ancestors to support and guide the day’s work. Elder Leroy Bennet sang an Honor song for the survivors.

The engagement team kept to the same format that was conducted in the previous two sessions. This session was rather unique, in terms of participants. All the participant survivors were women despite having several male survivors register for the session. The room was filled with very powerful stories and voices. The engagement team was mindful of the gender dimension and worked closely with the Elders and the Mental Health Therapist, Robyn Hazard to support survivors.

During the feedback and Q & A portion of the session, survivors expressed their interest in creating a regional network so they could maintain the connections they made at the session. The facilitators, Raven and Kenn, informed participants that there is a newly formed Facebook group called 60’s Scoop Atlantic Region, which they could join.

Participant Feedback
Twenty-one participants completed evaluation forms sharing their impressions of the Halifax session. Here are some results:

• 86% of participants felt comfortable or completely comfortable expressing their views
• 95% of participants felt heard or completely heard
• 91% of participants felt the session was meaningful or very meaningful
• 100% of participants felt their background was respected or very respected
• 91% of participants felt satisfied or completely satisfied overall

Participant Responses
“The Circle sizes were perfect. It allowed everyone the opportunity to speak/tell stories. The bell worked! Thank you! and wishing you the best with the other sessions”

“Personally felt the sharing time wasn’t respected. Had other speaking over me which in turn shut me down. But however, once I raised my concern, I had an opportunity to speak to a therapist and felt 100% better.”

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.

Participant Feedback
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 Responses
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.

Participant Feedback
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: cprince@60sscoopfoundation.com