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Regional Chief Isadore Day Congratulates 60s Scoop Survivors Upon Today’s Agreement-in Principle to Provide Compensation to Those Who Were Forcibly Taken From Their Families

(Toronto, October 6, 2017)  “On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, I congratulate Chief Marcia Brown Martel, who was the lead plaintiff in this long and painful journey towards justice on behalf of the estimated 20,000 60s scoop survivors. While today is a major victory, no amount of money can truly compensate for being taken away from your family as a child.

This $800 million settlement is an acknowledgement that the 60s scoop survivors were wronged by the Canadian child welfare system – with far too many of our First Nation children continue suffering in this very system today. Hopefully, this funding will allow for the individual, family, and community healing that is yet to come for so many survivors.

The Chiefs of Ontario are fully committed in supporting the establishment of an Indigenous Healing Foundation that will provide support to survivors and their families. We must never forget the negative impacts of both Residential Schools and the child welfare system.

There continues to be children and adults outside of this settlement who are suffering the impacts of the child welfare system, including loss of language and culture.

We will continue to work to reform and to remedy the overrepresentation of First Nations in the child welfare system.  This can only be done by eliminating poverty and fully investing in our Peoples and communities. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples’ recommendations and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action must be implemented. Reconciliation includes taking action to ensure our Peoples finally secure their rightful place within Canada.”

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day

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