Nobody Knows They Are Here – Practical Impact of Lack of Recoginition for USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops

April 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

April 29, 2013, A prominent impediment that USA Placed Victims-Survivors of the Canadian Scoops face in attempting to clarify their immigration status in the USA is the ignorance of individuals in USA who are not willing to believe that:  there was a genocide of North American Indians in Canada, a.k.a., Canadian Scoops/Sixties Scoops; there is a truth and reconciliation commission taking place in Canada, a.k.a., Truth & Reconciliation Commission-Canada/TRC-Canada, and/or that these individuals are victims-survivors of Canadian Scoops who were placed in the USA via ‘illegal adoptions’.

This ignorance perpetuates the problems USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops face when trying to achieve USA Citizenship status, including clarification of the numerous times that they erroneously claimed to be USA Citizens when registering to vote, voting, marriage certificates, claims for federal, state and local aid, to law enforcement, on passport applications, etc.

Every time these individuals declare (check the box or swear under oath) that they are USA Citizens they are committing a felony.  (My former client was able to get those charges ‘over-looked’ because we were able to achieve his status as victim-survivor of Canadian Scoops by TRC-Canada).

This same ignorance also encourages USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops to continue to ‘hide’ their ‘undocumented status’ rather than clarify and legitimize their citizenship status, i.e. continuing to make them vulnerable to committing additional felonies every time they declare that they are USA Citizens.

More:  As more states begin to coordinate their agencies with federal government’s USCIS- SAVE database, the more vital it is that these individuals immigration status is clarified and legitimized.

Introduced in 2009, the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE, USCIS) database, is being used by state and local agencies to ensure that they are only issuing benefits to those that are entitled to them.

http://http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=1721c2ec0c7c8110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=1721c2ec0c7c8110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD

Rejecting Settlements Offered by TRC-Canada And Initiating Independent Suits

April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

April 28, 2013, Alvin Tolley is heading a group of Scoop Victims who rejected settlement amounts offered to them by TRC-Canada.  These Canadian Scoop victims submitted their complaints, received settlement offers, rejected and appealed the settlement offers, and rejected the subsequent offers made post-appeal.  These victims-survivors know that they will do better pursuing their claims together in court of law.  Those that were forced to accept the lower settlement offers are cheering them on.

Though no amount of money will replace their childhoods lost or eradicate the trauma that the biological families suffered as a result of not knowing where their children were taken to, if they were in the country or out of the country, if they were dead or alive, abused or safe, a ‘too small’ sum is an insult.  The Canadian Government and complicit First Nations Indian Bands can do better, and they should want to.

‘David Delcontie is still trying to piece together his lost childhood’

April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/04/25/quebec-montreal-truth-and-reconciliation-decontie-testifies.html

April 28, 2013, Though David Delcontie is a Scoop Victim kept within Canada and therefore fully recognized by TRC-Canada and not a USA Placed Victim-Survivor of The Canadian Scoops, the mystery surrounding his identity and the complications he faces when trying to discover exactly how, why and who Scooped him, and how to repair the damage, are similar to that which USA (and west Europe) placed victims-survivors of Canadian Scoops endure.

TRC-Canada should expand it’s mandate to include ALL USA (and west Europe) Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops because that recognition will encourage governments of all involved countries to provide adequate outreach and support for victims-survivors.

‘TRC-Canada: What Joe Canadian (& ‘Joe American’) Needs To Know’, Montreal Gazette

April 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

April 26, 2013, Montreal Gazette, Steve Bonspiel.

The original headline in Montreal Gazette was ‘Truth & Reconciliation Commission: What Joe Canadian Needs to Know’, the editors have since changed the headline to read: ‘We Must Honour Residential School Victims’

MONTREAL – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada opened hearings  Wednesday in Montreal at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel that will run through  Saturday — and there are a number of reasons you should be there.

“The commission was created after the $1.9-billion residential-schools  settlement in 2007 between the government of Canada (along with partner Roman  Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist churches) and the Assembly of  First Nations.

Frank disclosure of the atrocities committed at church-run, government-backed  residential schools have finally started to come out into the open since the  settlement. An apology by all federal political parties, including Prime  Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons in 2008, was seen as a step  forward.

But for Native people, many of whom see the apology as shallow, free of any  real remorse or substance, there is still so much work and educating to be  done.

How do you fix the devastating impact of sexual abuse suffered by an innocent  child of 6 years of age, whose only “sin” was being Mohawk?

How do you reverse the lasting effects of being beaten as a child for  speaking your own Native tongue?

How do you give back the confidence stolen from these children after years of  browbeating, intimidation and threats at the hands of nuns and other clerical  figures who were in charge?

You can’t.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Opinion+must+honour+residential+school+survivors+heroism/8289610/story.html#ixzz2RZoGWS6n

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April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops is a burgeoning grass roots effort the ambitions of which are the following:

Encourage The Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC-Canada) to expand it’s mandate to include those victims-survivors of The Canadian Scoops who were placed in the USA; currently, The Mandate of TRC-Canada only includes those victims-survivors of The Canadian Scoops who were kept within Canada.  More recently, the mandate of TRC-Canada has been further shrunk to include only those victims of Canadian Scoops who were placed in ‘residential school system’; our research and their own records indicate that thousands of Canadian Scoops victims were placed in adoption & foster care within Canada, west Europe & USA.

To date only 1 USA Placed Victim-Survivor of the Canadian Scoops has been recognized by TRC-Canada. Our research and their records indicate that there are thousands more.

Encourage the general public & their representatives in Canadian Parliament, USA Congress (& EU), to take enabling legislative action that recognizes the existence and status as victims of genocide all USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops and provides funding and easy-to-access format by which each can obtain their Blood Quantum Letters, & clarify their USA Citizenship & North American Indian Card holder status.

Encourage all USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops to come forward and join the building class action suit in USA.

This blog highlights processes by which other USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops can determine & qualify their own North American Indian Status, Blood Quantum, and/or USA Citizenship as well as attempt to gain recognition by TRC-Canada.

Until TRC-Canada acknowledges all USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops, the processes listed above are not obvious and not without risk of deportation.

TRC-Canada In Montreal Next Week & Still No Statement Gathering-Outreach Dates Scheduled In/For USA

April 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

April 20, 2013, TRC-Canada is holding statement gathering events in Montreal next week, see link:   http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Truth+Reconciliation+Commission+comes+Montreal+next+week/8263013/story.html

While USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops are permitted to provide their victim-survivor statements to TRC-Canada, they do so at their own expense and without any support from TRC-Canada, i.e., operators manning the telephone support lines responsible for providing guidance and support to Scoop Victims are only able to answer questions and offer support to those victims of Canadian Scoops who were kept within Canada; they are not capable of addressing the specific needs of those victims who were placed in USA.

TRC-Canada still has not scheduled any statement gatherings in the USA thus making attending the meetings in person cost prohibitive for most USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops.

The 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of The Canadian Scoops to be recognized by TRC-Canada was able to use that recognition to support his application for USA Citizenship granted on basis of his being a victim of that particular genocide.

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April 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops is a burgeoning grass roots effort the ambition of which is to encourage The Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC-Canada) to expand it’s mandate to include those victims-survivors of The Canadian Scoops who were placed in the USA; currently, The Mandate of the TRC-Canada only includes those victims-survivors of The Canadian Scoops who were kept within Canada.

To date only 1 USA Placed Victim-Survivor of the Canadian Scoops has been recognized by TRC-Canada. Our research indicates the possibility that there are thousands more.

This blog highlights processes by which other USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops can determine & qualify their own North American Indian Status, Blood Quantum, and/or USA Citizenship as well as attempt to gain recognition by TRC-Canada.

Until TRC-Canada acknowledges all USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops, the processes listed above are not obvious and not without risk of deportation.

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