May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
May 28, 2013, Sandy White Hawk, executive director of 501 c3 not for profit organization, We Are Coming Home, is also Commissioner of Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Maine (TRC-Maine). While TRC-Maine and TRC-Canada are not partnered there are – in principle – significant overlap of interests, goals & individuals who are involved.
May 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
May 27, 2013, If you or anyone you know believes that they are a USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops, including a family member (brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandparent) that lost a child to Canadian Scoops and believes that they were placed in USA, I recommend that you go to http://www.wearecominghome.com/
The site certainly does not suggest that it is a complete solution to the problems that are a result of Canadian Scoops and TRC-Canada’s continuous refusal to expand it’s mandate to acknowledge ALL USA Placed Victims-Survivor of Canadian Scoops, BUT what the site, We Are Coming Home, and the organization that runs site, hopes to offer USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops, is an on-line community meeting point.
More, beyond serving as an on-line community gathering point: Every year – as is communicated via the site – powwows are held throughout the USA for North American Indian adoptees and foster children. These powwows and the relationships that are formed during the powwows are said to be very healing for the now adult-adoptees and foster children.
USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops will never be able to enjoy one dollar of potential settlement money from those individuals, government agencies and tribal bodies that victimized them unless they are emotionally healthy. So I hope that everyone who believes that they are USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops gets to the site: http://www.wearecominghome.com/ and is able to participate in the powwows.
May 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
May 17, 2013, When asked about the USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops, and why they are not recognized within the mandate of TRC-Canada, TRC-Canada replied, “they (USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops) were not included in the original deal made.”
That they were/are not included, however, and, obviously, is not a reason as to why they were/are not included.
USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops want to know WHY they were not included in the original deal. They are victims of the same genocide; the only difference is that while some victims of Canadian Scoops were kept within Canada, they were placed in USA (and others in west Europe).
May 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
May 12, 2013, In USA today it is Mother’s Day. Though not celebrated in Canada, for victims-survivors of the Canadian Scoops who were not kept within Canada but rather placed in USA, a.k.a., USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops, Mother’s Day is a day when probably more poignantly than on any other day of the year, the few thousand USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops are forced to contemplate the relationships with their biological mothers that they were deprived of when Scooped and placed in USA foster care and adoption system by Canadian Government in coordination with the head of the indian bands-tribes.
To date, TRC-Canada only recognizes 1 USA Placed Victim-Survivor of The Canadian Scoops. This individual’s mother died not knowing whether her child was dead or alive, still in Canada or placed elsewhere. She died before he knew he was a USA Placed Victim-Survivor of The Canadian Scoops.
Nobody Knows They Are Here – Practical Impact of Lack of Recoginition for USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops
May 7, 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.