indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Sovereignty and E-Commerce:  Innovating and Reshaping the  Borders of Indian Country - Arizona State University Third Annual Tribal Government E-Commerce CLE Conference
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Native mother reunites with children stolen by government in 60s

Filed Under: First Nations in Canada | Law
More on: genocide, manitoba, ontario, sixties scoop
     
   

Marcia Brown is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by Sixties Scoop survivors in Ontario. Photo by Rob Lackie

A Native woman from Manitoba was finally reunited with her children on Friday, decades after they were taken from her by the Canadian government.

In what has come to be known as the Sixties Scoop, the government removed an estimated 20,000 Native children from their homes in the 1960s and placed them in foster care or up for adoption. Six of Lena Woodhouse's children were among those who were taken.

"A social worker came in one day, went through our cupboards, grabbed a few things, wrapped three of us all in his arm and took us away," Lorna Piepers, 52, told CBC News of the day she was taken.

Woodhouse got to see her most of her children together for the first time at the reunion on Friday but one of her sons has yet to be located, CBC reported. She also has a seventh child.

At least two lawsuits have been filed on behalf of children who were taken. One of them -- a class action -- is being heard in Ontario court on Tuesday after numerous delays.

"This case is about Canadian values – past, present and future. In Canada, we expect our governments to respect rights, acknowledge wrongs, change government conduct that gave rise to the injustice and make reparations and ensure wrongdoing is not repeated.," Native leaders wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging him to settle the case. "This is an opportunity for your government to make a statement about what Canada is stands for as it approaches its 150th birthday: a country that respects every person in Canada’s right to live the life they wish to have with all their rights recognized and affirmed."

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is open to a settlement to the cases, The Globe and Mail reported, but attorneys said the government continues to resist.

Read More on the Story:
Winnipeg family reunites after kids taken in Sixties Scoop (CBC 8/19)
Sixties Scoop survivors’ day in court finally arrives Tuesday (The Toronto Star 8/22)
Manitoban taken during Sixties Scoop returns after 2 decades behind bars in U.S. (CBC 8/22)
SIXTIES SCOOP: THE OTHER HEAD OF THE HYDRA KNOWN AS CULTURAL GENOCIDE (NOW 8/22)
‘60s Scoop aboriginals finally getting court day but 7-year case to drag on (CP 8/21)
Action concerning Sixties Scoop to go before Ontario judge (Canadian Lawyer Magazine 8/19)
Ottawa continuing to fight Ontario lawsuit over Sixties Scoop: lawyer (The Globe and Mail 8/17)

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
Colleen Hele-Cardinal, Duane Morrisseau-Beck, Isadore Day, Jesse Wente, Phil Fontaine and Cindy Blackstock: Dear Prime Minister: Right the wrong of the ‘Sixties Scoop’ (The Toronto Star 8/17)


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Indigenous activists make presence known for climate march in DC (4/27)
Interior Department announces $5.7M in tribal preservation grants (4/27)
Mark Trahant: Senate candidate cites Standing Rock as 'awakening' (4/27)
Native Sun News Today: Battle over Whiteclay liquor just beginning (4/27)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Why are we still dealing with racism today? (4/27)
Albert Bender: Navajo family still waiting on justice for loved one (4/27)
Whiteclay liquor stores win surprise court ruling on liquor licenses (4/27)
Dakota Access firm faces fines for two spills of drilling fluid in Ohio (4/27)
Gathering of Nations gets ready for annual powwow in new venue (4/27)
Secretary Zinke lacks leadership team more than a month into job (4/27)
Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending bill (4/27)
Supreme Court ruling seen as benefit to casino bus crash lawsuit (4/27)
Mashantucket Tribe charges off-duty officer for assault at casino (4/27)
Trump singles out Bears Ears as an 'abuse' of government's power (4/26)
Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's call Columbus by what he truly was (4/26)
Native Sun News Today: Lakota youth set up beekeeping business (4/26)
Cronkite News: Trump seeks to hire thousands of border officers (4/26)
Doug Pibel: New film teaches us about value of indigenous seeds (4/26)
Jenn Weddle: 'Best possible result' from court in sovereignty case (4/26)
Peter d'Errico: Oneida architect offers indigenous approach to law (4/26)
Whiteclay liquor stores aim to stay open pending fight for licenses (4/26)
Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads to recall in Alaska city (4/26)
Mishewal Wappo Tribe loses appeal in federal recognition lawsuit (4/26)
Police use tear gas & rubber bullets at indigenous protest in Brazil (4/26)
Mohegan Tribe wants gaming disputes resolved in judicial system (4/26)
Supreme Court hands defeat to tribal interests in sovereignty case (4/25)
Matthew Fletcher: 'Gamesmanship' brings defeat in Supreme Court (4/25)
Supreme Court relists petition in Gun Lake Tribe gaming land case (4/25)
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute team wins NASA prize (4/25)
Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm (4/25)
Native Sun News Today: Groups fight uranium mining in Black Hills (4/25)
Cronkite News: Budget deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day (4/25)
Mary Annette Pember: Indian Child Welfare Act heals our families (4/25)
André Cramblit: Tribes must make language survival a top priority (4/25)
Cowlitz Tribe welcomes big crowd to $510M casino in Washington (4/25)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.