Koskie Minsky LLP commenced a class action against the Attorney General of Canada in the Federal Court of Canada on behalf of Métis and Non-Status Indian affected by the “Sixties Scoop” in Canada.
The term “Sixties Scoop” refers to the practice in Canada whereby Aboriginal children were taken (“scooped up”) 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 plaintiff also claims, among other things, that she and class members 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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