NAN ACKNOWLEDGES COMPENSATION FOR SIXTIES SCOOP VICTIMS
THUNDER BAY, ON (October 6, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum acknowledged the Government of Canada’s $800 million settlement for claims by Indigenous People who lost their cultural identity during the Sixties Scoop, including a class action lawsuit led by Beaverhouse First Nation Chief Marcia Brown Martel.
“We acknowledge today’s announcement and our prayers are with Chief Brown Martel and all Sixties Scoop survivors. This has been a long and difficult journey for these plaintiffs, and we are pleased that the Government of Canada has finally been held accountable for the devastating legacy of the Sixties Scoop,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “It is reprehensible that the Government of Canada has dragged this process through the courts for close to a decade. We honour the plaintiffs and all survivors for their unfailing strength and courage in the face of overwhelming opposition at every step throughout this litigation. Nothing can compensate for their lost childhood and connection to their culture, but we pray this settlement will help the plaintiffs - and all Canadians - on the journey towards healing and reconciliationAn estimated 16,000 Aboriginal children in Ontario, including members of NAN First Nations, were removed from their homes and placed in other (mostly non-native) communities between 1965 and 1985.
The Ontario Superior Court ruled in February that the government breached its fiduciary duty of care, and is liable for failing to protect plaintiffs from their loss of cultural identity.
NAN has supported and advocated for justice for Sixties Scoop survivors, including calling for a federal and provincial inquiry, since 2005. The class action was launched in 2009 by Marcia Brown Martel (now Chief of Beaverhouse First Nation) and Robert Commanda.
Victims who have are not yet part of the Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim can still register at: www.sixtiesscoopclaim.com
For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email nan%23on%23ca|mheintzman