After nearly a decade of fighting, more than 16,000 Indigenous people from the Sixties Scoop welcomed yesterday legal decision.
Ontario Superior Court justice Edward Belobaba ruled that Canada failed to take reasonable steps to prevent thousands of on-reserve children, who were adopted into non-indigenous families from losing their Indigenous heritage during the 50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Marcia Brown Martel, the lead plaintiff praised the decision saying it is making Canada a better country.
“This is a great day in Canada when Canada’s judicial system chooses to say that our children are so valuable and sacred and precious that we will protect them by law. What a day this is!”
Ontario survivors are suing the federal government for 1.3 billion dollars. The compensation amount will be determined at a later date.