Survivors meet at Edmonton Indigenous school for Alberta consultations on ’60s Scoop
Alberta is holding its final consultation with Indigenous people today before it crafts an apology for the ’60s Scoop.
The province is trying to design a meaningful way to say sorry for the thousands of children who were taken from their parents and culture and adopted into non-Indigenous homes.
Watch below: Survivors of the ’60s Scoop met at an Indigenous school in Edmonton on Thursday as part of the consultation process being conducted by the province. One of the survivors told Kendra Slugoski his story.
Dozens of survivors are gathered at an Indigenous school to share their stories — the sixth and final such gathering in the province since the beginning of the year.
Adam North Peigan, head of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society, of Alberta, says the apology has to include plans for future action if it is to have any meaning.
Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee says there’s no timeline for when a statement and plan will be delivered.
She says Alberta has made strides in reducing how many Indigenous children are in provincial care, although the numbers are still hugely out of proportion to the Indigenous population in the province.
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