Legal setback for Ontario aboriginals taken from their families during the … – Toronto Star

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Legal setback for Ontario aboriginals taken from their families during the “Sixties Scoop”

Published On Wed Jan 25 2012

The federal government has won its appeal in Divisional Court against a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 16,000 aboriginal children taken from reserves in Ontario in what’s known as the “Sixties Scoop.”

The decision is seen as a major setback for aboriginal plaintiffs, now adults, who allege Ottawa stripped them of their cultural identity by sending them off as children to non-aboriginal homes. Many told stories of abuse, alienation and isolation in foster and adoptive homes in Canada and the U.S.

“Canada’s strategy is to get us out of the way,” lead plaintiff Marcia Brown, 48, said Wednesday from Beaverhouse First Nation in northeastern Ontario. “It’s an injustice. What I truly feel is that this isn’t a fair system for First Nations’ people. ”

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1121500–legal-setback-for-ontario-aboriginals-taken-from-their-families-during-the-sixties-scoop?bn=1

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