Heading into the Thanksgiving long weekend ’60s scoop survivors got a bit of good news.
The Federal Government announced on Friday an $800-million settlement for survivors.
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron said it’s a start.
“The government is trying, we thank them for that,” Cameron said.
Cameron said FSIN had mix reactions to the news.
“It wasn’t just on-reserve First Nations people, It was off-reserve too,” Cameron said. “Our position is, don’t forget those ones. They have to be included as well. We don’t want anybody left out.”
The agreement only includes status Indians and Inuit people.
The 60s scoop refers to children being removed from Indigenous families through the 1960s to 1980s and placed into foster care or adopted and brought up with little to no Indigenous culture.
The compensation includes a $50-million fund dedicated to reconciliation initiatives.
“No amount of money is gonna fix the problem or right the wrongs because the damage has been done,” Cameron said.
Métis and non-status Indians were not included in the settlement.
“They went through the same thing, the same horrific experiences,” Cameron said, “We continue to stand side by side in unity with our 60 scoop survivors.”