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Posted: May 4, 2022

Sixties Scoop exhibit at Cranbrook History Centre May 11

A travelling exhibit that tells the history of the Sixties Scoop, and its survivors, will be on display at the Cranbrook History Centre (57 Van Horne St S) on Wednesday, May 11, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA), in partnership with the Cranbrook History Centre and the Cranbrook Public Library, is bringing the Bi-Giwen: Coming Home – Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop exhibition to various B.C locations.

The first-of- its-kind exhibit shares the experiences of survivors, including 12 personal testimonials of strength and resilience.

The Governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have delivered a formal apology for past practices that lead to the removal of Indigenous children from their families, resulting in a loss of culture, identity and connection to their communities. The effects of the Sixties Scoop are still felt by survivors and their families today.

The Sixties Scoop refers to government practices across Canada from the 1950s to the 1980s that led to an unknown number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children taken from their parents, families and communities by child intervention services and placed in non-Indigenous families. Many of these children experienced abuse, mistreatment and neglect and lost touch with their families, communities, culture and traditional language.

“The Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA) is proud to bring this exhibit to Cranbrook that describes the powerful and emotional stories and devastating impacts of Sixties Scoop in Canada. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Cranbrook Historical Society and the Cranbrook Public Library as we showcase this exhibit throughout B.C.,” said Sandra Relling, SSISA President.

“The exhibit is an opportunity to share and educate Canadians about the history of Indigenous people in relation to the Sixties Scoop.”


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