It is estimated that over 16,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families as a result of the 60′s Scoop

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(**Special thanks to A Tribe called Red for giving us permission to use “The Road” in this trailer.**)

It is time for our stories to be heard.

The ‘Sixties Scoop” is the term used to describe Canadian child welfare policies where Indigenous babies, children and youth were ‘adopted out’ of their families, communities and Nations and placed in non-Indigenous households. The Sixties Scoop era began in the 1960′s and ended in the 1980′s — but the majority of children were ‘scooped’ during the first decade the policies were implemented. An estimated 16,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families as a result of Sixties Scoop.

“In many instances, children were literally scooped from their homes and communities without knowledge or consent of families and bands. Many First Nations charged that in many cases where consent was not given, that government authorities and social workers acted under the [colonial] assumption that native people were culturally inferior and unable to adequately provide for the needs of the children[1].”
-Dr. Raven Sinclair

The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation will tell the stories of Sixties Scoop survivors and explore how they and their families are coping with, and persevering in the face of, inter-generational trauma due to historical and ongoing acts of colonization, attempted assimilation and cultural genocide.

24 thoughts on “It is estimated that over 16,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families as a result of the 60′s Scoop

    • Hello, the trailer has not be launched yet. It will be in the next two weeks, we are screening it at a community gathering here in Ottawa, once it has screend it will be accessible on the page. Thank you for your patience, it will be worth the wait.

    • Hello, the trailer has not be launched yet. It will be in the next two weeks, we are screening it at a community gathering here in Ottawa, once it has screend it will be accessible on the page. Thank you for your patience, it will be worth the wait, it is a 4 minute trailer and part of a indiegogo fundraiser to finish the documentary.

  1. .I’m one of them,as a result of that been in therapy for six yrs now,the gov from saskaychewan wants to use my story,havent been in touch as yet,I have a hard time going home somtimes,after being in one home my sister and I,she went home while I was lost for many years,been in lots of other hones,instead of being sent back home to my mother,while she was alive instead we were put in another home on the ssame rez as my mom,I’d rather go home to the where we a mother n father,who loved us inspite of,but their gone to now so now I think what now???

    • Im sorry Shirley for your loss. Its like being caught in limbo, not really sure where to fit in. The best you can do is create a community of friends and family of choice that provides that support. If you can seek out an Elder you trust, or spiritual person to help you. I can relate to you, I don’t have a connection to my rez, alhough Ive visited I didnt fit in. Take care of you.

  2. As a sixties scoop child, From Saskatchewan, I want my name to stand as one, but I don’t want to tell my story. Living it once was enough….

      • Absolutely looking forward to seeing the finished project. I have wanted more info on this topic for some time now but mainly because I am very interested in the history of child welfare in Canada. It’s a dark past with a dark future unless we can get more people to realize what’s going on in this country. Thank you for helping to she’d some light on the topic.

  3. Hi There: the video looks very interesting. I will be teaching a Child welfare class in Jan and would love to be able to access the finished product. Do you anticipate completing the project by then?

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