Multimillion-dollar settlement flawed, reached without consultation, '60s Scoop survivors say
A group of '60s Scoop survivors say a proposed multimillion-dollar settlement by the federal government is flawed because it was reached without consultation with survivors.
The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network arranged an information session yesterday in Ottawa to scrutinize the 800-million-dollar deal, which was announced last October but has yet to receive court approval.
Network co-founder Colleen Cardinal says the deal earmarks 75-million dollars for four law firms and it excludes any Metis people caught up in the historic injustice.
The '60s Scoop saw thousands of Indigenous children taken from their homes by the federal government and placed with non-Indigenous foster families across the country starting around the 1950s.
Cardinal's group is organizing to help fellow survivors understand, and ultimately reject, the settlement.
She says the estimated 20-thousand to 50-thousand-dollar payment per survivor is not enough.
The office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has said the proposed settlement is a first step and the government is committed to using negotiation to resolve any ongoing litigation.