Cuthand: The Sixties Scoop still continues today – Calgary Herald

Cuthand: The Sixties Scoop still continues today – Calgary Herald

by ahnationtalk on July 15, 2015554 Views

July 15, 2015

The so-called Sixties Scoop is the latest travesty to be revealed. Calling it the Sixties Scoop gives the impression that it was all in the past. The reality is that aboriginal children are still being apprehended and placed in state care.

It is estimated that more than 20,000 aboriginal children were apprehended across Canada from the 1960s to the 1980s. The Scoop continues, and today there are more aboriginal children in care nationally than there were at the height of the residential school experience.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has announced that he will be making an apology for his province’s role in the Sixties Scoop.

It will be more difficult than the residential school apology because of the complicated and highly personal nature of each individual’s experience. Some children were adopted into loving homes and made aware of their culture and roots, while others were abused, or sent to foreign lands far from home. Their journey has been both painful and tragic.

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