This class action lawsuit has been filed against the Government of Canada. The lawsuit alleges that between 1958 and 1996, Canada negligently delegated Indian child welfare services to the Province of British Columbia. Ignoring its obligations to Aboriginal children, Canada took no steps to prevent them from losing their Aboriginal identity and the opportunity to exercise their Aboriginal and treaty rights when they were placed in foster homes and adopted by non-Aboriginals.
The plaintiff, a status Indian, was taken from her parents and placed in foster care when she was a young girl. She is bringing this lawsuit on her own behalf and on behalf of status Indians who were living in British Columbia and placed in foster care or adopted between 1958 and 1996.
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NEWS On February 14, 2017 the Ontario Superior Court issued an important decision in the Sixties Scoop case. In this decision, which we have posted on our website, the Ontario judge sided with the Ontario scoop survivors. The judge found that Canada failed to prevent thousands of on-reserve children, who were placed with non-Aboriginal families, from losing their heritage. Carolyn Bennett, the federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs has said that the government does not plan to appeal the Ontario ruling. Damages have yet to be awarded in the Ontario case.
The Ontario decision is encouraging for our BC action. The government of Canada has stated that it wishes to negotiate a national settlement of the various class actions. We have started negotiations. Although this is promising, reaching an agreement can be a long process, in some cases taking a year or more.
We will post additional updates as this case moves forward and when more news becomes available.