residential schools

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60's Scoop Class Action - Request for Amendment

Time and time again, 60’s Scoop Survivors and Claimants have suffered devastating loss of culture, language, identity, family, and community with little to no support for healing or repatriation.  The First Nations/Inuit 60s Scoop Settlement processing time has taken an unacceptable amount of time, and Survivors have frequently expressed that they’ve been unable to reach legal counsel for advice throughout this process.   Many Survivors have also expressed that the Healing Foundation remains idle while survivors commit suicide out of despair, suffer from PTSD, and pass away waiting for this settlement to be finalized. Despite a much higher volume of applicants, processing times in the Day Schools and Day Scholars settlements has been much more efficient and communication by Administrator Deloitte to that class has been consistent and timely.  That has not been the case in the First Nations/Inuit Sixties Scoop claim. The 60s Scoop Legacy of Canada has written to counsel in this claim, to implore them to hear the voices of Survivors in the need for: A. The government of Canada to provide additional funding or resources to provincial post adoption/foster care/archives offices in order to verify applications;  B. For the four legal firms in the action to commit to supporting Claimants with reconsideration requests and assistance in supporting their claims in a timely way;  C. For Collectiva and the Reconsiderations Officer to create a simplified appeal form and process, set a 30-day review deadline of each appeal, as well as set aside potential interim payments for those claimants who submit an appeal; D. To issue the collected interest as of April 1, 2022, to approved claimants together with a potential final payment;  E. To reopen the deadline for new applicants, and any successful claimants to be paid from the “enhanced amount” set aside in the settlement agreement as long as it does not interfere with current claims processing or amounts;  and F. To impose a new deadline for Collectiva to finalize this claim and add additional Administrator support for processing of claims (i.e. Deloitte, BPA, PWC or similar). Survivors deserve to heal and move on. This settlement has dragged on past a reasonable time and, at a minimum, Claimants should receive the accumulated interest as part of their compensation. Therefore, we the following support the 60s Scoop Legacy of Canada’s recommendations and request counsel include them in the motion to issue second and final payments currently underway  

sharon gladue
17,006 supporters
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Repeal Section 6(2) of the Indian Act: Second Generation Cut-Off Rule

"Residential schools were used to remove the Indigeneity out of children by imposing the English language and the removal of their Indigenous identities. The Indian Act is the main law that Canada used to administer Indian status, First Nations governments, management of reserve land and outline obligations to First Nation peoples. The Act contains colonial laws aimed to eliminate First Nations culture by assimilation into Euro-Canadian society. Through the Indian Act, the government of Canada determines which individuals hold “status” as “Indians.” Changes to the Act in 1985, intended to address gender discrimination, instituted what has come to be known as the “second generation cut-off.” After two consecutive generations of parenting with an individual who does not hold status, the third generation cannot be registered to obtain Indian status. These changes shifted the discrimination against women onto children and grandchildren of Indigenous women who parented with a non-status individual. The eventual result of the second generation cut-off will be a decline in the population of individuals holding status under the Act, and thus membership in their First Nations community. The Government of Canada should move away from determining status under the Indian Act as many First Nations are dependent on this legislation to determine the members of their nations and causes discrimination within the community." A One-parent Rule for Status should increase the population of Indigenous people. The One Parent Rule for status alternative would involve amendments to the Indian Act to allow direct descendants of individuals with a 6(2) parent to become available for status."   Read full paper: University of Calgary - School of public policy   Photo: Cassilly Adams (American Artist)

Shania Gomez
53 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Archbishop Richard Gagnon

Call For Papal Apology For Residential School Abuses

FrançaisThe absence of a papal apology lies squarely at the feet of the Bishops of Canada. Despite misleading information from Church representatives, the simple fact remains - the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has not invited the Pope to come to Canada to deliver the apology requested in TRC Call to Action 58, #CallToAction58. Call to Action 58 requests the Pope deliver an apology on Canadian soil to the survivors of Catholic-operated residential schools, their families, and communities. The Catholic Church is the only church or government body that has not formally apologized. Church protocol requires the CCCB to invite the Pope to visit. The Pope is not able to do so without an invitation from the Conference. Presented with one, the Pope would be in a position to respond. The petition is an opportunity for you to voice your desire for the CCCB to send the invitation. We must advance the healing process survivors and their families deserve, and the reconciliation our nation demands. More than a Catholic issue, it is a Canadian one, and we urge all Canadians to sign the petition and have their voice heard. On June 2, The Globe and Mail printed an opinion article written by the Hon. George Valin and Maurice Switzer. Since then, growing media attention about a papal visit/apology has been clouded with misinformation. The decision to publish the article resulted from years of delayed and unclear responses from the CCCB to deflect the issue from the core truth - they are blocking the papal visit by their failure/refusal, for undisclosed reasons, to invite the Pope. The Article as it First Appeared in The Globe and Mail on June 2, 2021 In the wake of the findings at a Kamloops residential school, Catholic bishops must pursue a papal apology – now By HON. GEORGE VALIN AND MAURICE SWITZER The Hon. George Valin is a Catholic who retired in 2019 after 28 years of service as a judge on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Maurice Switzer is a citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation who serves on the Reconciliation Advisory Committee of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. There have been no reports of flags at the Vatican being lowered to half-mast, as they have been across Canada, to note the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. – even though it was Catholic-operated. The mass gravesite is a stark reminder of the indignities and violence inflicted on, and the continued suffering endured by, the survivors of these institutions, their families and their communities. Today, the words of former senator Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, continue to ring loud and clear: “This nation must never forget what it once did to its most vulnerable people.” According to the TRC’s final report in 2015, an estimated 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend 130 residential schools established by the federal government and operated by various church denominations. Of that number, the TRC found that more than 6,000 students died or disappeared. More than 80,000 residential-school survivors are still alive today, and many of them who testified before the commission described the horrific conditions. In addition to that egregious breach of trust, the commission concluded that all students had been the victims of cultural genocide. The TRC stated that reconciliation requires “an awareness of the past, acknowledgment of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour.” That atonement cannot be achieved without the fulfilment of the commission’s Call to Action 58, which calls upon the head of the Catholic Church, whose religious orders operated the majority of residential schools – 73 of the 130 schools, including the one in Kamloops – to make an apology in Canada to survivors. Notwithstanding its decentralized corporate and legal structure, the Pope is recognized by Catholics, and most other people in the world, as the universal pastor and supreme head of the Catholic Church. The continued absence of an apology from him serves to deny survivors of Catholic-operated schools, as well as the countless numbers who died, the dignity of having their suffering properly acknowledged. But in a statement released on Monday, Archbishop Richard Gagnon, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), made no mention of a papal visit or apology. Previous efforts to pursue this apology have come to naught. In March, 2018, Bishop Lionel Gendron, the then-president of the CCCB, issued an open letter to Indigenous peoples in Canada advising that the Pope felt he could not personally respond to Call to Action 58. That letter, however, failed to disclose two material facts: that Catholic Church protocol stipulates that the Pope will not visit a country unless he first receives an invitation from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of that country, and that the CCCB had not invited the Pope to do so. When asked, in 2020, why his predecessor’s letter failed to mention this, Archbishop Gagnon replied: “Not everything can be said in a letter … the issue is in continual reflection and evolution. Conversations are ongoing.” And when asked to explain why the CCCB has not invited the Pope to Canada to deliver the requested apology, he replied: “Discernment around this issue is still ongoing. The Holy Father has told us that first of all it is vital to work with the Indigenous peoples on the local level before anything else can be envisioned. This is what we are doing.” Church leaders appear to be suffering from a serious case of “clericalism” – the assumption that they are superior to the laity and that their authority should be accepted without question by those without a clerical designation. The CCCB president ignored the fact that Catholic lay people have the right to ask respectful questions of their clergy and to receive complete, transparent and candid answers. The questions submitted to him were respectful, clear and unambiguous; his answers were unresponsive, evasive and not transparent. Catholic-operated residential schools were located in only 16 of the 60 dioceses in Canada, and one wonders whether the majority of bishops feel no need to address residential school horrors such as have been discovered in Kamloops because there was no residential school in their diocese. But by failing to do so now, the bishops of Canada risk extensively eroding credibility and trust in their leadership. It is time for Catholics to confront stubborn church leaders, ask that they act with decency and courage and to do the right thing: invite the Pope to Canada without further delay, to deliver the apology requested in TRC Call to Action 58. ----The appropriate response to TRC Call to Action 58 is for the Pope to make the requested apology on Canadian soil. This is not just a Catholic issue; it is a Canadian one. Please sign the petition, so survivors of Catholic-operated residential schools receive the apology they deserve. Honour the memory of those who passed away and lost loved ones so we can continue the pathway to the healing process as a nation.SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR A PAPAL APOLOGY - SIGN THE PETITION

Hon. George Valin and Maurice Switzer
63,510 supporters