In our own Words: Mapping the Sixties Scoop Diaspora with speaker Colleen Hele Cardinal
Thank you…Colleen for bringing alive the story of so many Indigenous children, and the complex inner woundedness they have carried. I learned a great deal.Mary-Ellen Francoeur, Sisters of Service
Over 150 people gathered and another 170 registered to get the recording. You too can now listen to Colleen Hele Cardinal tell the truth about the 60s scoop, the ongoing child welfare crisis, the resilience of survivors and the road to justice and reconciliation that the Sixties Scoop Network is building.
In contrast to the Residential Schools whose buildings stood out in the landscape and which you can see marked on a map of Canada, children who are “scooped” up by the child welfare system become hidden and isolated, “islands to ourselves.” The problem then is neither visible to the community, nor tangible in people’s memories.
Colleen shared, “What I learned afterwards and what drove me to create a Mapping Project was the fact that the Canadian state literally, deliberately trafficked us through child welfare policies.” “Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud and coercion for the purpose of exploitation and profit. [They] trafficked us across provinces and across countries. Why do you think they did this?”
Watch the video to hear and see Colleen’s illuminating treatise on the plight of the 60’s scoop survivors.
Listen further for the strength of the Sixties Scoop Network they have formed.
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