FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INDIGENOUS ADOPTEE RALLY
Date: April 29, 2016
Locals Push for Call to Action on Native Child Welfare Issues
Joining a national trend that promotes changes to native child welfare issues in Canada, the Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare in Ottawa will kick- off a Solidarity Rally at Parliament Hill on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12 PM.
The effort responds to the problem of past and current child welfare issues that include: the ‘60’s Scoop, illegal adoptions from the 50’s and the current breakup of Indigenous families in the foster care system. The overall intent of the rally is to demand a resolve to colonial native child policies that continue to displace and revoke the cultural and human potential of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
WHO: Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare- Organizers are: Colleen Cardinal-Hele, Duane Morrisseau-Beck and Elaine Kicknosway
WHERE: Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
WHAT: Call to Action for Native Child Welfare Issues
WHEN: Friday, April 29, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
The Ottawa Adoptee group is a small group of individuals affected by the ‘60’s Scoop. The group is hosting a Solidarity Rally to raise the issue of native child welfare issues to advance their work on the ‘60’s scoop. The group also aims to expand the impact of their work to existing native child welfare issues by engaging all Indigenous peoples affected by Canada’s policies aimed at taking the native of out of the child. The Ottawa Adoptee group hosted two successful national gatherings (2014 and 2015) and is assisting other grassroots organizations across the country to host reginal gatherings to meet the community’s healing needs. The Ottawa Adoptee group is calling the current government of Canada to address the issues contained in a letter that was sent to the Prime Minister in December 2015; no response has been received.