The provincial government and the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta will be in Peace River later this month to hear from survivors of the Sixties Scoop and their families. The province is planning a “meaningful apology” for the time in the 1960s when Aboriginal children were taken from their families and placed in foster homes or adoption.
The province says many were placed with non-Indigenous families, and lost touch with their own families, communities, culture and traditional language.
“Healing can only begin when we truly understand this heartbreaking historical injustice,” says Minister of Children’s Services Danielle Larivee. “That’s why we need to listen to survivors and families about what a meaningful apology should look like.”
Engagement sessions are being held in six places across Alberta between January and March for the province to learn from survivors about how they and their communities were impacted, and what can be done to move forward. Emotional supports will be available and compensation will not be discussed.
The Peace River meeting will be held January 18th at the Bell Petroleum Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feedback is also being taken online.