Selections from the "Bi-Giwen: Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop" Exhibition. Video courtesy of the Legacy of Hope Foundation.

Sixties Scoop

The Sixties Scoop refers to a period between the 1960s and 1980s when the removal of Indigenous children from their homes was considered the quickest way to address Indigenous child welfare. In addition to the continuation of the racist assimilation policies that underpinned residential schools, the Sixties Scoop was further enabled by the 1951 Indian Act amendments, which gave provinces jurisdiction over Indigenous child welfare. During this period, children were fostered by or adopted into non-Indigenous families and cut off from their communities. Children were adopted into families as far away as the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.


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