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Living With the Newspaper Headlines
February 24, 2017 @ 10:26 AM by: Richard Steinecke

The headlines about the “Sixties Scoop” sounded familiar. First nations children were taken from their homes and adopted by non-native families in Southern Ontario during the 1960’s. One of our community members had told me a story of how she had been adopted as a young child by a white family in a small town. It sounded like she found it difficult to figure out her identity. She loved her adoptive parents. But she still felt like a first nations person even though she had missed out on learning much of that culture as a child. And yes she was getting a financial settlement and was thinking about how to use it wisely. Following that discussion I confirmed with another community member that he, too, was a product of the Sixties Scoop. But for my involvement in Oasis, that newspaper article would have been nothing more than a story about other people. Now it was about some of my friends: our people.


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