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About the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim + Registration as a Class Member

"I urge all survivors of the Sixties Scoop in Ontario to unite behind Chief Marcia Martel (Brown) and register as claimants in her case, the only Sixties Scoop case in Canada that has been certified as a class proceeding. Let her be our spokesperson for all Ontario survivors.”

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day

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Dear Sixties Scoop Survivors:

I am so pleased we are where we are. Now, we are going forward with the settlement discussions and at the same time, with the continuation of our case for financial compensation.  

I want to make clear that I, as your representative plaintiff from the very beginning, back in February of 2009, will not settle without settlement including all persons who are the survivors of the Sixties Scoop. “All persons” means it does not matter whether you were, or were not, living on the reserve when you were removed, or you whether or not you were removed before 1965, or whether or not you are a status “Indian”. It includes all aboriginals. 

All that mattered to me when I started this case with Robert Commanda was that all persons who experienced the harm would receive compensation in any financial settlement. That is all that still matters to me.  

SO:  ALL OF THOSE WHO EXPERIENCED THE HARM OF THE SIXTIES SCOOP ARE TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION IN ANY FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT WITH CANADA.

I am therefore sending out this message for any and all persons who experienced the harm of the Sixties Scoop to register with our case by:

·       Clicking on the words “Registration as a Class Member” at the top of the website page at www.sixtiessccoopclaim.com and sending in a registration form, or 

·       Contacting us by phone at:  416-956-5625, or 1-866-360-5952 (toll free), or

·       Emailing us at: thesixtiesscoopclaim@gmail.com

I have learned that there are other lawyers attempting to organize a new representative to our claim and build a new case.  I share these important facts with you when considering the new case:

1.     Our case is the only case in Canada that is certified as a class action;

2.    Our case is therefore the only case in Canada with a decision finding the Government of Canada legally responsible for the harm we suffered;

3.    Our case is therefore the only case in Canada at the stage of pursuing damages before the Court, if Canada does not discuss a financial settlement, and

4.    Our case is the case copied by other lawyers in other jurisdictions. Those cases, including another one in Ontario, are at the beginning of litigation, with their lawyers doing nothing until our case was decided.

5.    Our case is the case that has brought Canada to the table to discuss settlement. Our case is the case that has awakened Canada to the fact of what the Minister calls “the dark chapter in Canadian history”.  

SO, let us honour those survivors who are, sadly, not with us by joining together and all of us, status or non-status, living or not living on a Band reserve when removed, forced off our lands before or after 1965, coming forward and registering.

ONCE YOU COME FORWARD AND REGISTER, THEN:

·       WE WILL SEND YOU REGULAR UPDATES ON THE CASE AND THE STATUS OF THE SETTLEMENT DISCUSSIONS;

·       YOU WILL KNOW AS MUCH AS I DO, AND AS SOON AS I DO, ABOUT FINANCIAL COMPENSATION; and

·       YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSULTATION PROCESS  THAT I, AND OUR FIRST NATIONS STEERING COMMITTEE, WILL HAVE WITH YOU ABOUT ANY SETTLEMENT. YOU WLL BE TALKING TO US, NOT ONLY THE LAWYERS!

Let us stand united and be one with our history to make sure this never happens again.

Meegwetch

Chief Marcia Martel (Brown)

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After the February 14, 2017 decision:

  • Register/sign up to be included in the Ontario Sixties Scoop Class Action
  • Negotiations are now occurring. Make sure you sign up whether you are a Status or non-Status Indian, lived or did not live on a reserve, or were removed before 1965.
  • All that matters is that you were removed from Ontario. It does not matter that you were placed outside Ontario.

Thank you to all who have assisted us to reach the stage of proving liability, demonstrating that a wrong-in-law did take place.

About the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim + Registration as a Class Member

About the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim

The Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim (www.sixtiesscoopclaim.com) is about an agreement between Canada and Ontario that resulted in a lost generation of Indian children.

The children were “lost” because they lost their cultural identity, family, extended family, community, language, spirituality, traditions and customs of their First Nations’ communities. Canada turned a blind eye to the protection of the identity of the Indian child when it entered into an agreement leaving these children to be dealt with under Ontario child protection and adoption laws without regard to their cultural identity.

The Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim holds Canada to its constitutional responsibility for the protection of the cultural identity of the Indian.

Some writers, commentators and survivors, say that what Canada did was intentional, that by turning a blind eye through the agreement with Ontario, a generation of Indian children would be assimilated into mainstream culture.

Some international NGO observers argue that what took place was a form of genocide, identity genocide, carried out by the Canadian government.

In the meantime, register here if you are one of the survivors of the lost generation of children of the Sixties Scoop.

Online Claimant Form

ONTARIO SIXTIES SCOOP CLAIM – CLASS REGISTRATION FORM

Please answer these questions as best you can. If you do not know the answers or you cannot remember, that is not as important as completing the form to the best of your ability.

https://sixtiesscoopclaim.com/claimant-form-online-registration/