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day   isadoreRegional Chief Isadore Day says there's still more work to be done to keep First Nations children in their homes. (Courtesy Chiefs of Ontario)Regional Chief Isadore Day is recognizing the apology from children's aid societies, as part of the 60s Scoop settlement. However, he says more work needs to be done.

"The apology being made to the 60s Scoop survivors today acknowledges this historic injustice. It also acknowledges problematic policies within children's aid societies, which caused the over-representation of First Nations children in care," he said, in a prepared statement.

Day commended the work of Chief Marcia Brown Martel and Robert Commanda, who advocated as plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit. Last week, the federal government announced a settlement agreement worth about $800 million.

"The reality is there is still more difficult work to be done," the regional chief added.

The province is working with First Nations to keep more of their children in their communities with family members, rather than having them placed in care.

In an interview last year, Sonya Murray of Kenora described her experience, as she was separated from her parents and two sisters by police. She talked about waking up in the morning, only to find her sister was gone, without any explanation.

Jeannie Whitebird, from Rolling River First Nation, has also talked about how she was taken from her home and placed in a suburb of Philadelphia.

murray sonyaSonya Murray of Kenora described how police came in the night to separate her from her sister. (Submitted)Never Forgotten is a Facebook page dedicated to survivors of the 60s Scoop.

"I think it is shameful that these children were ripped away from their families. I do not believe any amount of money can return to them all that they lost. I am glad this practise has ended, and I am heartbroken for everyone who was affected by this practise. I am very happy that this has stopped, and my prayers are with everyone," said the administrators, in response to news of last week's agreement.

Last week's settlement follows the residential school agreement in 2006.

However, more First Nations children are now in care -- away from their homes -- than when residential schools were still operating. Across the country, more than 60,000 indigenous children are in care and away from their homes.

For more information:

Statement from Regional Chief Isadore Day

Sixties Scoop Class Action Lawsuit

Sisters separated by '60s Scoop ready for reunion

Children's aid apologizes

 

 

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