July 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
July 28, 2013, After (3) years of working with the 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops and as a result of the success of that work expanding that work to encourage the same recognition that I was able to achieve for him for all victims of Canadian Scoops that were placed in USA, I am still surprised (and that is putting it mildly) to learn from the many comments that I have received on this blog, that this blog remains The Only public source of practical, current, and useful information for those that believe that they themselves or someone that they know is a USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops.
The comments and inquiries that this blog received this week highlight the need for USCIS focused legislation in USA (& cooperative legislation in Canada) that acknowledges USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops and provides clear, non-ambiguous instructions as to how these victims of Canadian Scoops can achieve North American Indian Status Card, collect paperwork from Canada necessary to accurately and completely fill out that application (& N-400) without having to travel to Canada (which for many that have been in USA illegally since their illegal adoption would put them at risk for deportation; one story I am familiar with had a potential USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops deported through Texas to Mexico), and, then with those documents apply for, if they desire, USA Citizenship on basis of being a victim of a genocide that USCIS recognizes as a genocide, a.k.a. Canadian Scoops.
Until that legislation is available for this population of genocide victims this blog will continue to provide information that should be useful, however incomplete, to that process. However, there are steps that were taken to achieve the above, i.e., USCIS and TRC-Canada recognition, for 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops that once I publish the details of will likely cease to be available to the thousands of other victims, i.e, I’m torne between publishing the solutions I found useful and not publishing them because pretty soon after I publish the solutions, individuals and agencies within Canada that assisted won’t be able to do so any longer.
For that reason, until I figure out a better solution or legislation is passed that takes care of this problem for which every legislator we have spoken with on the issue agrees to the end goal of, i.e., provide legislation that supports and protects the victims through the immigration and citizenship process, I will provide full details of steps that I have taken only to those individuals that I am able to meet with personally. Hopefully, that outreach will expand over the next couple of months.
July 23, 2013 § 3 Comments
July 23, 2013, Since I began working with The 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoop Victims nearly 4 years ago, I am regularly confronted with not just people who – similar to my own previous lack of knowledge of these genocide victims – aren’t aware of Canadian Scoops, ’60’s Scoops, Truth & Conciliation Commission-Canada, etc., but more people, including ‘professional’ people who are members of USA bar association, that adamantly, aggressively deny that there are Canadian Scoop Victims in USA, and also deny the importance of TRC-Canada and the class action suits that are building to represent these victims.
So when a friend shared the following statement I thought to share it on this blog too, i.e., words of German Philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer,
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
Of course, admittedly, the same people that adamantly, aggressively deny the Canadian Scoops aren’t likely to easily realize the relevance of the words, but I’m always optimistic.
July 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
July 21, 2013, The following is my reply to an inquiry I received regarding DNA testing to determine blood quantum (for the eventual purpose of obtaining a North American Indian Blood Quantum Letter and North American Indian Status Card). I have received nearly a dozen ‘DNA testing for blood quantum’ inquiries since July 1, 2013. If anyone has any additional, reliable information please share. Thank you.
Thank you very much for getting in touch with USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops.
I am going to forward your inquiry anonymously to a few more people, including ‘HWS’, who might be able to provide you with additional guidance based on their professional capabilities and experience with genetic testing, because as far as I know there is no general DNA test that can identify blood quantum. DNA tests for this purpose have been discussed but, again, so far, none are cited by the authorities that issue the Blood Quantum Letters and Status Cards as reliable for this purpose.
When I share your inquiry with them I will NOT include your name, it will be anonymous; I respect your privacy.
My experience with assessing the amount of blood quantum is the following:
1. Assuming that you know the names of your biological parents and/or grandparents (name of any biological relative) AND the Indian Band in Canada that they are related to, call the office for that Indian Band, give them names of your relatives. The Indian Band will ask that you put your request for your blood quantum letter in writing. The bands themselves are usually very helpful. The Indian Band issues the Blood Quantum Letter.
2. If you don’t know the Indian Band but you do know the name you were given by your biological family and/or you know the names of biological relatives contact Indian & Northern Affairs Canada (also known as INAC). INAC will ask you to send them a written request for information on these relatives. INAC issues the North American Indian Status Card.
Word of Caution: INAC has some very helpful people working within it AND INAC has some people who seem only determined to make it difficult for anyone in USA to collect this information. If you get the latter, difficult INAC person, demand that they provide you with this information that you are entitled to. Remind them that you are entitled to this information.
3. If the above guidance is not sufficient please let me know and I will provide further guidance.
Again, gaining these documents is a tricky process, you have to collect the information without – if you are not a USA Citizen and have been here without proper documentation – triggering USCIS. Admittedly, what makes it more difficult is that there is NO mechanism in place between USA & Canada specifically set up to address these inquiries. There should be and a goal of USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops is to encourage legislators in USA AND Canada to fund that capability. Until then however each has to do it on their own.
Again, thank you for contacting me. And, as you have questions feel free to reach out to me and I will try to answer myself or find someone else who can.
USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops
July 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
July 20, 2013, The correspondence many of you have shared with me via USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops is equal parts heart wrenching & gratifying. Heart wrenching to read your stories about never fitting in and never knowing why not, and gratifying because within USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops you may have found your answers. More: via Sandy White Hawk’s efforts towards reuniting North American Indian Adoptees with one another, you may also find a community the members of which are the most likely to understand what you have endured.
Some documentation and questions you will want to address either with us or on your own:
1. Is your biological family Canadian Indian?
2. Were you immediately placed in USA once you were ‘scooped’ from your biological family?
3. What State do you reside in within USA and for how long have you resided there (school and/or employment records from primary – high school are helpful)?
4. What is name of adoption agency in USA that ‘assisted in bringing you to USA’?
5. Do you know your biological family name (Record of Live Birth in Canada)?
6. What Indian band were you borne into in Canada?
7. Are you a USA Citizen (do you have a passport or ever been denied a passport)?
8. What is your current age?
9. At what age were you placed in USA?
10. Do you have your USA Adoption Records?
11. Do you hold a North American Indian Status Card;
12. Do you hold your North American Indian Blood Quantum Letter?
13. Have you ever or are you in contact/do you hold contact information for your biological family?
14. Do you have your Canadian Adoption Papers?
15. Have you been contacted by TRC-Canada?
16. Have you been contacted by your biological Canadian Indian Band?
Of course, please do not be concerned if you do not have documentation to support your answers to all of these questions. Similarly, do not be concerned if you can’t answer all of these questions. A significant occurrence in every genocide is the lack of paperwork, the trashing of documentation by those trying to wipe out the identity of a population. Locating the paperwork is difficult and time consuming but it is still doable especially while many – not all – of the biological parents of USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops are still alive and can recall the day of the ‘scooping‘ and subsequent years of searching.
Also, if you are not a USA Citizen but have been residing here since your ‘illegal adoption’ you should secure BOTH your North American Indian Status Card AND Blood Quantum letter, i.e., you need to show BOTH; one without the other is worthless as far as US Immigration is concerned. As long as you have not committed a certain level of felony those 2 documents allow you to stay in USA without fear of deportation, i.e., these documents are good to have while processing your USA Citizenship Applications (if you choose to apply for USA Citizenship).
July 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
I apologize for the now non-working link to the original article, as late as this morning that link did work, i.e., did click directly through to the full, original article. It seems that the article was taken off of the website sometime this afternoon. Again, I apologize for the inconvenience and frustration some of you are experiencing with this. Thank you.
July 18, 2013, As reported by The Hamilton Spectator: “It’s important to look at the experiments in the context of the time, said Jim Miller, a professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan.
The medical community did not have a well-developed understanding or procedure for securing informed consent prior to treatment or tests, he said.
However, Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said, “Everybody who was involved in scientific work (at the time) knew it was wrong to put people into an experimental situation without informing them what they were doing.”
July 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
July 15, 2013, “A class action lawsuit filed on the basis that young First Nations people were deprived of their cultural identity was expected to be in the courts on Monday.”
“Between 1965 and 1985, an estimated 16,000 Aboriginal children in Ontario were removed from their homes and placed in other — mostly non-native — communities in what is called by some “the 60s scoop.”
This suit in Toronto includes only those Scoop Victims who were taken from biological homes in Ontario AND who were kept within Canada. There are separate class action suits building for at least each region within Canada. A separate class action suit is in earliest stages of development on behalf of USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops. I’m told another class action – inspired by success of USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops – is beginning to take shape in western Europe.
This suit also only includes those victims of ‘scooping’ who were taken within 1965-1985. Our research shows that ‘scooping’ took place until early 1990’s. The definition of a Scoop victim as being only those scooped between 1965-1985 is a problem unfortunately endemic to these suits and is a result of TRC-Canada increasingly tightening up the definition of ‘Scoop Victim’ over the last couple of years, as more Scoop Victims come forward, as all begin to coordinate, etc.
If you or someone that you know believe that you are a USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops please contact us via this form below and provide us with your contact information.
July 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
July 13, 2013, National Indian Law Library provides thorough on-line database of cases regarding Indian Tribal Law and Courts.
I have recommended this database of primary source to some who have found it very useful, and others who thought the help link would file their applications for them, i.e., the links below are sources of primary information not technical assistance. If you need assistance discovering and gathering your primary identification papers, completing accurate applications, submitting and lobbying those applications (esp. applicable to those applications of which only a certain number of qualified applications will be approved) you should contract a professional.
The HOME PAGE of National Indian Law Library: http://www.narf.org/nill/index.htm
The RESEARCH help desk: http://www.narf.org/contact/library.htm