"I remember being told to run to the bushes as fast as I could. I wasn't able to run fast enough with a little girl on my back and a little girl on my arm," Lynn Thompson, said recalling the day a group of white social workers came to take her and her sisters from their home on the Pine Creek First Nation in Manitoba.
Calling for an apology means that our government recognizes that the 60s Scoop happened but also that it's determined not to make the same mistakes in a province where between 80 and 90 per cent of the kids in care are Aboriginal," - Kelly Malone
The president of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, Robert Doucette, was four months old when he was taken from his biological mother in Buffalo Narrows and placed with a foster family in Prince Albert. He says the rift in his family ties held a huge impact, but at least he was placed with a decent family. His biological sister was not so lucky, later taking her own life.
"Yes, I know we just had the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission), and I know people are tired of this but you know Canadians and citizens need to know this did happen to people. It's a sad part of our history, people have to acknowledge this has happened and the best way to deal with this is to just say sorry."
Doucette is calling out the Saskatchewan Government asking for an apology for the Sixties Scoop. He says he understands it's not the current party, or government, who made the decisions for three decades but they have inherited the legacy.
Last week Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger apologized on behalf of the Manitoba government.
There are also lawsuits before the court, similar to the ones which led to the TRC, with many victims asking for recognition and some sort of retribution.
So what's the issue here? Well it varies. For some survivors they were taken from families and placed in foster homes where they faced abuse and neglect, they were never able to go home or feel the love of a family. That has led to inter-generational trauma and a large number of people without the skills to parent or even understand what a real family is.
Then there are the people who were taken from their families and adopted out. There are many stories of abuse in these families, Thompson talks about being shot while in care. Even when people were placed in loving families, they still felt isolated by their race and the racism that accompanies being Aboriginal in Canada. On top of that, they lost their connection to their Aboriginal cultures, so even when they wanted to return it was not easy. Thompson explains the "spoke white" and "acted white" so they weren't welcomed in.
This is also an important issue right now, especially in Saskatchewan, as we see skyrocketing numbers of Aboriginal youth placed in social services. Many people are saying the 60s Scoop never really ended. Despite your opinion on this, what is clear is that the lessons of the 60s Scoop were certainly never really learned.
Calling for an apology means that our government recognizes that the 60s Scoop happened but also that it's determined not to make the same mistakes in a province where between 80 and 90 per cent of the kids in care are Aboriginal.
Kelly Geraldine Malone is a freelance journalist, podcaster, and radio producer based out of Manitoba, Canada