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60s Scoop Inquiry


The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) supports the 60s Scoop Legacy of Canada and their Call for a National Inquiry.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is in full support of the 60’s Scoop Legacy of Canada and their call for the federal government to commission a national inquiry into Indigenous child removal.

The 60’s scoop system has been estimated to have “scooped” 20,000 infants and children away from their families. Government systems made it possible for this cruelty to happen and in doing so, further tried to destroy and tear thousands of Indigenous families apart.

The Residential School system came first, followed by the scoop, where Indigenous children were taken from their families and put into the foster care system and adopted out to non-Indigenous people around the world. Both systems were institutional tools of genocide meant to take Indigenous children away from their parents, their families, their nations and territories, and their culture to try to obliterate Indigenous identities. The governments and their systems did not succeed.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) mandate was to understand the injustices and harms of residential schools and to expose the truth. The NCTR was born from the TRC, and our mandate will continue the work of the TRC to understand the legacy and ongoing truth of all harms done to Indigenous children.

Finding this truth means hearing from those affected directly, nationally and internationally to hear from all the children, the families and the individuals that ran those systems to fully understand the colonial historical record of the scoop and what really happened. The inquiry is a way to help families understand the legacy of the scoop to provide an opportunity to heal, understand and repair the legacy, and for all Canadians to understand how many children were lost. This is why the NCTR is in full support of an inquiry into the 60’s Scoop System.

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Cree Proverb