The indigenous people of Canada are calling on PM Justin Trudeau to apologize for the Sixties Scoop, which was a government policy that removed indigenous people from their homes and put them in foster care. Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day along with other indigenous leaders expressed their views on the wrongdoings that was done by the government back then and called on Trudeau to right that wrong by making a public apology.
The indigenous leaders expressed this in an open letter. The letter came the same day Carolyn Bennett, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs made a formal apology to Manitoba’s Sayisi Dene for the role it’s played in the forced relocation of the First Nation nearly 60 years ago. In the letter the indigenous leaders said, “This moment is an opportunity for Canada to put an ugly legacy behind us, for the government to take steps to reform its conduct so that the injustice does not continue and build a better future for all. It’s a chance to open the door for future generations to grow up healthy and proud of who they are.”
The letter also comes only a week after the court date for the survivors who filed a class action lawsuit nearly seven years ago on behalf of around 16,000 children who were separated from their parents and given to non-indigenous families. According to a 2011 statistics, 14,225 First Nations children aged 14 and under were in foster care.
While Carolyn Bennett said that the government cannot comment on the lawsuit that was filed years ago since the case was still before the court, she did manage to provide some closure to the indigenous families by making a formal apology of the government for the wrongdoings that occurred sixty years ago. The Indigenous Affairs Minister also mentioned that the Canadian government and the current Trudeau Administration were firmly committed to resolving any wrongdoings to the indigenous families, and would also work together with local community leaders to improve the lives of the indigenous people.