Koskie Minsky LLP in Toronto, with Ahlstrom Wright Oliver & Cooper in Sherwood Park, Alberta, has commenced a class action against the Attorney General of Canada on behalf of individuals affected by the “Sixties Scoop” in Alberta.
The term “Sixties Scoop” refers to the Canadian practice, generally beginning in the 1960s and continuing until the late 1980s or early 1990s, of taking (“scooping up”) children of Aboriginal peoples in Canada from their families for placing in foster homes or adoption with non-Aboriginal homes. As a result, it is alleged these “scooped” children lost their identity as Aboriginal persons and suffered mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. The plaintiffs also claim that they were deprived of their status and other Aboriginal-related benefits, which Canada unjustly retained. Aboriginal communities describe the Sixties Scoop as destructive to their culture.
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