Sixties Scoop apology engagement
Engaging with survivors of the Sixties Scoop to inform a meaningful apology from the government.
Engagement status: Open until March 8
Ministry responsible: Children's Services, Indigenous Relations, Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta
The Sixties Scoop refers to a period of time in Canada when an unknown number of Indigenous children were taken from their parents and communities by child intervention services and placed with mostly non-Indigenous families.
Many children lost touch with their families, communities, culture and traditional language. This caused lasting negative issues with mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health and well-being. Survivors and their families are still feeling the effects of the Sixties Scoop today.
Government apology engagement
We’re working with the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA) to help shape how our government can apologize in a way that is meaningful and promotes healing.
Survivors, their families and community members are invited to be part of this process so we can gain a deeper understanding of how the Sixties Scoop affected people’s lives.
It may be difficult to know if a child who was removed from their home during this time was part of the Sixties Scoop. The engagement sessions are an opportunity for people to learn more about the Sixties Scoop.
Attend an engagement session to hear from survivors, share your own thoughts and experiences and learn more about the Sixties Scoop. Everyone is invited to attend.
Sessions will be held in the following communities from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with cultural ceremonies beginning at 7:30 am (details on the ceremonies will be updated in the RSVP links below as they are available). Please RSVP to help us prepare for the number of people at each event. You can still attend if you do not RSVP.
- Jan 18: Peace River – Belle Petroleum Centre, 9403-94 Street
- Feb 1: St. Paul – University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills, 2 Airport Road N
- Feb 7: Fort McMurray – Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, 424 Gregoire Drive
- Feb 14: Lethbridge (details to come)
- Feb 21: Calgary (details to come)
- Mar 1: Edmonton (details to come)
Lunch will be provided. Travel and accommodation expenses will not be reimbursed.
What to expect
Sessions begin with cultural ceremony, smudge and prayers, followed by opening remarks and a short presentation. Attendees will then be invited to participate in sharing circles.
Sharing circles will be led by a facilitator to encourage meaningful and respectful conversation around 4 questions:
- How has being a Sixties Scoop survivor impacted you or loved ones?
- What does a meaningful apology look like?
- When someone says "I'm sorry" what does that mean to you?
- What desires/hopes do you have coming out of an apology?
Large canvases will be on-site for those who wish to express themselves through art.
The Sixties Scoop is a sensitive subject. Talking about and reliving past experiences and traumas may be an overwhelming and emotional experience. Emotional supports will be available at each session.
Complete the online submission form if you’re unable to attend an engagement session, or you prefer to submit your feedback in writing. Your responses will remain anonymous.
Input from the sessions and online submissions will be used to inform a meaningful apology from the Government of Alberta to the Sixties Scoop survivors.
Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA) is a non-profit society formed to represent survivors in Alberta, create dialogue and engagement and develop true reconciliation. Board members include representatives from Treaty 6, Treaty 7, Treaty 8, as well as Inuit and Métis representatives.
As survivors themselves, SSISA members are committed to raising awareness and supporting other survivors.
The Government of Alberta and SSISA have been working in collaboration to plan this engagement. They’re organizing the cultural protocol and will attend all of the sessions.
The purpose of this engagement is to listen to understand how we can offer a meaningful apology. Healing can only begin when the full impacts of a wrong are fully understood, acknowledged and addressed. For this reason, compensation will not be discussed at these sessions.
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The information you provide is being collected to assist and may be used to inform the Government of Alberta’s work to understand how to offer a meaningful apology to survivors of the Sixties Scoop and their families.
The Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act provide the Authority to collect, use and disclose information. The aforementioned Acts apply to all records collected by Children’s Services and Indigenous Relations from any sources, including but not limited to meeting notes, presentations, submissions, and reports; and, any document created by Children’s Services and Indigenous Relations in the course of fulfilling its work.
If you have questions about the collection, use and disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, please contact the Secretariat Support for the Provincial Engagement with Sixties Scoop Survivors at 780-644-7051 or by email at SixtiesScoopApology@gov.ab.ca.