February 15, 2017
Today we Stand with our Adoptees, our Families, Our Communities and our Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3
Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh stated, “ today we honor the resiliency of our citizens of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3 who were adopted into non native homes, we acknowledge the advocacy of championship of Marcia Martel and Robert Commanda and the incredible fight they waged on behalf of those who were adopted during the “60s scoop”. We extend our appreciation for all of the support provided by the Treaty#3 leadership and our organizations that assisted our adoptees to present in hearings.”
Interference of the Federal government in the lives of our families and citizens began with our most precious gifts, our children being removed – residential care, foster care and adoption has had traumatic and devastating impacts for our adoptees, their birth families, communities and our Nation. We acknowledge the pain, the loss of language, connection to their culture and history and recognize every adoptee has their own story and we want to honour their path to healing.
Reconciliation begins with the acknowledgement of the policies of the Federal and Provincial governments and the resulting loss of our children to the child welfare system. Reconciliation involves a concerted effort by those governments in supporting the healing for adult adoptees and their families, communities and the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3 and correcting Canadian history to reflect the “real” history of the interaction of Anishinaabe people and the government child welfare system.
On January 31-February 1, 2017 Grand Council Treaty#3 hosted an adult adoptee gathering at the Minis Hall, Super 8 in Kenora named Pigaagiiwewaag – “They are coming home, not all have found their way, but they will “ which allowed our adoptees to share their stories with the support of our natural helpers. During that time the adoptee participants created a strategic healing plan to share with the Treaty#3 leadership.
For more information:
Gary Allen, Executive Director
Grand Council Treaty#3
Feb 15, 2017 – Today we Stand with our Adoptees, our Families, Our Communities and our Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3 – PDF