|Chief Marcia Brown Martel|
|Supporters of Sixties Scoop Claim|
|Mitagaming First Nation Supporters|
|All Nations Drum Group|
By: Christine Smith-McFarlane
After seven years of delays, Sixties Scoop Survivors finally got their day in court. With an opening with Toronto community Elder Pauline Shirt, around 200 people rallied outside Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto before heading down to the courthouse at 361 University Avenue on August 23, 2016
The Sixties Scoop refers to a period starting in the 1960’s until the early 1980’s in which 16,000 First Nations children were taken from their families and placed into non-native foster/adoptive homes. This practice often occurred without the children’s parents consent and the homes they were placed in caused many individuals to lose their culture, traditions and practices. Some experienced overt racism, as well as psychological and physical abuse.
This event gives those in attendance at this rally and those who are no longer with us a voice and an opportunity to show the government that their history of continued assimilation of First Nations children is not acceptable in any way.
(all photos are taken by Christine Smith (McFarlane)