The Assembly of First Nations welcomed yesterday’s decision by the Ontario Superior Court in the Sixties Scoop class-action lawsuit.
The decision states that Canada had breached its duty of care to the Children of the Sixties Scoop.
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde declared yesterday that “The Sixties Scoop was part of an ongoing attempt by Canada to rob First Nations children of their language, their rights and their identity.”
He added that this decision is a step towards reconciliation and that Children of the Sixties Scoop deserve justice, healing and reconciliation.
The decision by the Ontario Superior Court deals with Canada’s practice in the 1960s and ‘70s of removing large numbers of Indigenous children from their families and communities and placing them in the care of non-Indigenous foster homes or adoptive homes.
The Assembly of First Nations reaffirms its support for the Sixties Scoop class action.