Squamish Nation’s Chief Ian Campbell says the federal announcement of compensation for so called former “sixties scoop” children is welcome, but cannot atone for the damage done to First Nations children as a result of the policy.
“Indigenous children should have never been forcibly removed from their birth families, their communities and their culture, and we’re pleased the federal government has acknowledged that through this agreement in principle,” he said. “The money, whether it’s $25,000 or $50,000, does not come close to compensating for the harm, but it’s a symbolic step that helps survivors on the path to healing.”
Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced earlier this month that the federal government has reached an agreement in principle with survivors of the Sixties Scoop worth approximately $800 million.
First Nations people who were taken from their homes and placed in foster care or put up for adoption between 1951 and 1991 would be eligible for the compensation.