The Foundation should be a solid network of survivors all together on an idea. We need support for our lost families, the reconnection of our lost families.
The approved national settlement for Sixties Scoop survivors provided an initial $50 million to establish a Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation, that it be governed by a board of no more than ten and no less than six, and that it be in compliance. This Foundation is fully independent of the government, and it is for everyone impacted by the Sixties Scoop: the survivors across the country—Inuit, First Nations, Métis, non-status—everyone.


In an Ontario courtroom in February 2017, after a decade of litigation plagued by divisionary and often pointless arguments, Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court brought some resolution and the promise of solace to the thousands of Indigenous people who, as children, were removed from their families and communities in what is now known as the “SixtiesScoop”. Sally Martel, previously known by her adopted name of Marcia Brown, is a First Nation woman from northeastern Ontario raised through adoption by a non-First Nation family. She asserted that she, and others sharing her experience, had an act of “identity genocide” committed against them and that she has suffered as a result.

Justice Belobaba agreed, and in his decision, declared that the government failed in its “duty of care” in not protecting the identity of Indigenous children placed through adoption or foster care.


The Foundation and its purposes as defined by the settlement agreement were open to considerable interpretation. Here was an opportunity to give direction to the Foundation through the authentic voice and direction of survivors themselves. This was celebrated as a chance for the empowerment of those who thus far were terribly disempowered through their experience as children of the Sixties Scoop.

In-Person Engagement Sessions

Between September 22, 2019 and February 15, 2020, the board appointed Engagement team hosted an online engagement survey and ten Sixties Scoop Survivor Healing Foundation Engagement sessions. The Engagement Process represents the best efforts of a small team who traveled Canada—East, West and North—with great ambition to capture and reflect the will of a broad, diverse and dispersed community.

We are honoured that hundreds of survivors joined us to share their voices in person and online. It is our principle that all survivor voices are heard, valued and respected and we stayed true to that by engaging self-identifying survivors who lived on and off reserves, status, non-status, Inuit, First Nations and Métis from across Canada and elsewhere.  

There were 525 participants that attended the in-person engagement sessions.

To learn more about the engagement sessions, including how participants felt about the experience, click here to read our Session Update Summaries.

Engagement Team Session Schedule

Online Engagement Survey

In November 2019, the Engagement team launched an online survey as an additional avenue for survivors to provide feedback. The same five questions asked during in-person engagement sessions were repeated in the online survey through digital formats that best matched the in-person experience and included similar background information that allowed survivors to provide their thoughts and opinions on the Foundation. The survey was available in both French and English, included a welcome video from our Executive Advisors, and was accessible for hearing and visually impaired participants. 

There were approximately 1,130 visitors to the survey, and of those, 400 participants chose to answer all five questions providing over 8,000 comments.
To learn more about the recommendations that were informed by the engagement sessions, click here to read or download the National Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation Survivor Engagement Report.
We wish to acknowledge the survivors who have given of their time to provide input into the sessions, both in-person and online. For some, it was their first time speaking about their experiences and sitting with other survivors. Importantly, we honour the dedication and tenacity of Sally Martel (Marcia Brown Martel), and those like her, who sacrificed much to stand up for truth and rights. The power of their collective commitment to this cause has been truly inspiring.


We know that everyone wants to see the Foundation up and running as quickly as possible, but, as we heard from survivors across the country, ensuring this Foundation has the right leadership and mandate in place—and is built to last—is very important. The next steps in the Foundation’s development include the recruitment of a permanent Board of Directors who will finalize the Foundation’s mandate and policies, with the aim of using funds in the best possible way to support survivors today, and into the future. 

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