60s Scoop survivor to sue governments, says Metis should receive compensation

The 60s Scoop was a practice that saw Indigenous, Metis and Inuit children taken from their families and placed in non-Indigenous care.

SASKATOON – The former head of a Metis group has announced his intention to sue the federal and Saskatchewan governments over the 60s Scoop.

Robert Doucette, a 60s Scoop survivor and former president of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, says it’s wrong that Metis were left out of a federal government apology and compensation deal for victims of the practice.

“For the most part, we’re looking for respect and for justice. We have seen nothing but disdain from the federal minister of Indigenous affairs, Carolyn Bennett, by leaving us out of this agreement,” Doucette said in Saskatoon on Monday, accompanied by other survivors and his lawyer.

The 60s Scoop was a practice that saw Indigenous, Metis and Inuit children taken from their families and placed in non-Indigenous care.

Bennett made a statement of apology in the fall for 60s Scoop survivors who were robbed of their cultural identities, but it didn’t include Metis.

The federal government agreed to pay a maximum $750 million to status Indian and Inuit victims. Ottawa also agreed to set aside a further $50 million for a new Indigenous Healing Foundation.

The settlement followed an Ontario court decision from February, when the federal government was found liable for the harm done to at-risk, on-reserve Indigenous children who were placed in non-Indigenous homes from 1965 to 1984 under terms of a federal-provincial agreement.

In 2015, then-premier Brad Wall promised an apology for Metis and First Nation survivors. However, an apology from the provincial government has not yet been issued. Wall had said he was ready to make an apology but he didn’t agree with the idea of provincial compensation.

The lawsuit filed by Doucette is not a class-action lawsuit as he says other survivors have the intent of filing other lawsuits in the future.

“Both levels of government are not taking responsibility for their actions and now leave Metis 60s Scoop survivors no choice but to defend ourselves and we will hold both levels of government accountable for the damage they’ve brought on Metis individuals,” Doucette said.

The chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan, suggested in November that Saskatchewan pay out $400 million, or at least $200 million, to 60s Scoop survivors.


8 thoughts on “60s Scoop survivor to sue governments, says Metis should receive compensation

  1. This whole 60’s Scoop needs to be redone to the benefit all First Nations who were victims of the Government theft of innocent lives! There are to many holes in this agreement as it stands now REDO IT!!!

  2. This whole 60’s Scoop needs to be redone to the benefit all First Nations who were victims of the Government theft of innocent lives! There are to many holes in this agreement as it stands now REDO IT!!!

  3. The man who was just alotted $10.000.000 for being tortured outside Canada ?????? What the???? We’re offered a measly$25.000 * What a joke!

  4. The man who was just alotted $10.000.000 for being tortured outside Canada ?????? What the???? We’re offered a measly$25.000 * What a joke!

  5. Good day,
    I’m having a difficult time absorbing all this “Nonsense ” from the Federal Government. I am a 60’s Scoop Survivor I’m from Saskatchewan I was taken away at birth from my mother!! I was born at “Grace Haven”. Both my blood parents are/were (my father has passed away)Registered F.N.from Saskatchewan.I was a ward of the Saskatchewan Government until age 18.I applied for my F.N. treaty status 3 Times and was turned down, from the government. I am now “Uneligable ” to file a claim/I’m seriously choked I lost alot I could not even enter F.N.politics without my status years back.I feel enraged at how all of this has been handled.I was heavily involved with the First Nation community.I I am totally “ENTITLED” To a settlement from the Federal Government for all of the above and a numerous amount of other circumstances.Im seriously thinking of seeking litigation for the unfair practices and circumstances of the individuals who are in the same catagory .I moved to Calgary 3 years ago now and this never leaves you! Carmelita Agdomar

  6. Good day,
    I’m having a difficult time absorbing all this “Nonsense ” from the Federal Government. I am a 60’s Scoop Survivor I’m from Saskatchewan I was taken away at birth from my mother!! I was born at “Grace Haven”. Both my blood parents are/were (my father has passed away)Registered F.N.from Saskatchewan.I was a ward of the Saskatchewan Government until age 18.I applied for my F.N. treaty status 3 Times and was turned down, from the government. I am now “Uneligable ” to file a claim/I’m seriously choked I lost alot I could not even enter F.N.politics without my status years back.I feel enraged at how all of this has been handled.I was heavily involved with the First Nation community.I I am totally “ENTITLED” To a settlement from the Federal Government for all of the above and a numerous amount of other circumstances.Im seriously thinking of seeking litigation for the unfair practices and circumstances of the individuals who are in the same catagory .I moved to Calgary 3 years ago now and this never leaves you! Carmelita Agdomar

  7. 60s scoop. Money for healing. That’s a farce today I have flash backs of my days in residential schools. I blocked out the sexual abuse I was only 8 who has sex at 8. I only 10,000.00 for all I experienced that was a farce. There is no money to heal.

  8. 60s scoop. Money for healing. That’s a farce today I have flash backs of my days in residential schools. I blocked out the sexual abuse I was only 8 who has sex at 8. I only 10,000.00 for all I experienced that was a farce. There is no money to heal.

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