The Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan (SSISS) is partnering with the Government of Saskatchewan to shape a provincial government apology that is meaningful and promotes healing to those affected by the Sixties Scoop.
Any individuals who were adopted, in permanent and temporary wards, are status, non-status, eligible to be status, Métis or Inuit are welcome to attend.
How can you participate?
Attend a Sharing Circle to hear from others who have been affected. Share your own story, thoughts, experiences and learn more about the Sixties Scoop.
We understand that the Sixties Scoop is a sensitive subject. Talking about and reliving past experiences and traumas may be an overwhelming and emotional experience. Health support workers and elders will be available at each session.
Locations and dates
Sessions are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a pipe ceremony at 7:30 a.m.
Meadow Lake – October 13, 2018
Senior Citizens Activity Centre, 406 5 Avenue West, Meadow Lake
North Battleford – October 20, 2018
Western Development Museum, North Battleford
Prince Albert – October 27, 2018
Senator Allen Bird Gym, 851 23 Street West, Prince Albert
Saskatoon – November 3 and November 4, 2018 (two sessions)
Saskatoon Indian & Métis Friendship Centre, 168 Wall Street, Saskatoon
Fort Qu’Appelle – November 17, 2018
Treaty Four Governance Centre, 740 Sioux Avenue South, Fort Qu’Appelle
Regina – November 24 and November 25, 2018 (two sessions)
Mâmawêyatitân Centre, 3355 6 Avenue, Regina
What you need to know
There is no cost to attend.
Sessions are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.
No childcare will be provided.
Travel and accommodation expenses will not be reimbursed.
Note takers will be present to document the stories.
All stories will be kept anonymous.
No media will be in the Sharing Circle event space.
What to expect
Each day will start with a cultural ceremony, smudging and prayers. Opening remarks and a short presentation will follow. Attendees will then be invited to take part in Sharing Circles.
Each Sharing Circle will be led by a SSISS facilitator to encourage meaningful and respectful conversation centred around three questions:
How has being a Sixties Scoop survivor impacted you, your family, your life?
- What would a meaningful apology from the Government of Saskatchewan look like to you?
- What desires or hopes do you have coming out of the apology?
Art supplies will also be available for those who wish to express themselves through art.
The purpose of the Sharing Circles is to help inform the Government of Saskatchewan on how to offer an apology that is meaningful and promotes healing. For this reason, compensation will not be discussed.