February 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 27, 2014, The following was provided by Darlene Auger:
The impetus of the play “A Musta Be: Maskihkiy Maskwa Iskwew (Medicine Bear Woman)” came from a Native woman who was incarcerated for murdering a white man – she did life in prison. During her time in prison she witnessed the intergeneration effects of incarcerating women (mothers) on their daughters. What she saw was little girls coming to the prison for years to visit their mommas and then in later years, they themselves would also end up in prison. At a seminar hosted by the University of Alberta, she put out a call to the people to do something about this intergenerational phenomena of incarcerating Aboriginal women. (The inheritance that is a result of the incarceration of Aboriginal Women struck everyone as being similar to that of those who are themselves or who are related to those who are victims-survivors of 60’s Scoops).
A member of our theatre company (Christopher Grignard) heard the call and brought it to the attention of the rest of the members and so we set out to write and produce a play with Jane Heather, a local Playwrite and Drama Professor at the University of Alberta. Our theatre company prides itself on working with our community members to . Our theatre company prides itself on being the voice of those less heard and to bring to the stage the issues that affect the Aboriginal community.
We performed the play in 2008 and people who came to see it wanted us to tour the play to Native communities around the province. Hence our current project entails a tour to 4 communities, 2 readings (one of which is at the TRC-Canada National Event in Edmonton, March 27-31, 2014) and 4 full productions at the Timms Centre for the Arts in Edmonton, Alberta.
The play follows 4 Aboriginal women through their lives and experiences with genocide, Indian Residential Schools, the Child Welfare System and incarceration and how these institutions (and the implications of these institutions) get passed down to the following generations.
We do not mention the 60’s Scoop at all in the play; however, soon after we performed this play the first time, the Director of “Creating Hope Society” in Edmonton asked OEP to write and produce a play solely about the 60’s Scoops. We have started working on this and we hope to and it would be great to have your story and that of Henry Desjarlais, The 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canada Scoops to be recognized by USCIS and TRC-Canada, incorporated into the play!! We find that plays are a great medium for creating awareness and social change!!
Our current play: A Musta Be: Maskihkiy Maskwa Iskwew (Medicine Bear Woman) has garnered a lot of interest in the community and we are keen to get it out there! We always have a talk back session after each show to give people an opportunity to share their experience with us (the Actors) and with each other (the audience). This is the reason why I fought to get us onto the TRC agenda. The discussions after the show will be recorded and archived into the TRC archives, similar to the testimonies/statements that people are giving to TRC.
I hope this clarifies any questions you may have about our reading of the play at TRC. TRC has given us one hour and so we had to make a decision on what we can do in that short period of time. Hence, we will read a portion of the play (certain relative scenes) and then have the sharing/discussion session. The whole workshop will be recorded and archived for TRC.
If you do come to TRC, I hope you will come hear the reading and take part in the discussion for the record. It would be so awesome to have you there!
February 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 24, 2014, During March 27 – 31, 2014, TRC-Canada National Event in Edmonton, Alberta will take place.
Throughout the event, victims-survivors will present their statements and ‘healing workshops’ will take place.
Attorneys representing Canada Scoop victims who are participating in class action suits as well as those who are representing victims who chose to file individual suits will also be attending.
We do not know if The 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops will be attending; it would be the first time that he was seen his biological family since having been abducted, a.k.a., scooped. His father who searched for him for decades, unfortunately, passed away October 2013, i.e., a few months before he would have been reunited with his son. No TRC-Canada National Events are scheduled to take place in USA or west Europe.
Also during The National Event, Darlene Auger, former Regional Liaison of Truth & Reconciliation Commission-Canada, and professional ‘healer’ will co-host a healing workshop, the title of which is “A Musta BE: Maskihkiy Maskwa Iskwew.” The workshop will feature reading of a play written by Old Earth Productions and Jane Heather. The intention of the workshop is to express the common pain all victims of Canada Scoops share, whether they were placed in USA and/or west Europe, or kept within Canada. The hope is that by highlighting the similarity of that pain, the victims will understand that they are part of a community, and that from that sense of community a fortifying camaraderie will develop.
Darlene is a certified healer who maintains a private practice that specializes in North American Indian rituals.
Following the reading she will be available for one on one discussions. She encourages each and every one of you to reach out to her personally.
Details on where and when, and how to sign up for Darlene’s workshop will be provided next week.
February 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 12, 2014, So many times, when discussing USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops and TRC-Canada in general, we thank Darlene Auger, former Regional Liaison of Truth & Reconciliation Commission-Canada. We thank her for her thoughtful efforts that both enabled victims-survivors of Canada Scoops who were kept within Canada, as well as those who were placed in USA and west Europe, to achieve the recognition of TRC-Canada AND restored the same victims-survivors sense of decency, i.e., Darlene gave them back the peace of mind that had been taken from them when they or their children were abducted, a.k.a., scooped.
Earlier this week I posted that Louis Desjarlais had passed away. Louis was the biological father of the 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops. For decades Louis’ efforts to find his son were ignored; when inquiring as to his son’s whereabouts he was treated as a pest by his local government officials the predecessors of which had been complicit and, in fact, accompanied the abductors. If it had not been for Darlene Auger and her devotion to, if not the administrative rules of the TRC-Canada, then the principles that form the purpose and foundation of TRC-Canada, Louis never would have received the respect and peace of mind he so completely was entitled to.
So, again, Darlene, Thank you!
Very Sad News – The Biological Father of 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops Has Passed Away
February 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 10, 2014, This evening we were informed that the biological father, Louis Desjarlais, of the 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops to be recognized by TRC-Canada passed away. Louis aggressively searched for his son, Henry, from the moment Henry was abducted, a.k.a., scooped, until Henry was discovered decades later in USA. Once discovered, Louis made every effort possible to force TRC-Canada to recognize Henry as being the victim of the same Canadian Scoops that Henry’s siblings were recognized as being victims of, even though Henry, unlike his other siblings who were abducted/scooped at the same time (same day, driven away in same car) but kept within Canada, was placed in USA.
It is heart wrenching to know that Louis didn’t live until March 27-31, 2014, when the TRC-Canada will be holding session in the relative territory, Edmonton, because that was the best opportunity available for Louis to be reunited with his son Henry for the 1st time since Henry was abducted in 1974.
Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Canada needs to do more and more quickly for those victims of Canada Scoops who were placed in USA and west Europe. The parents of these children spent decades searching for them but don’t necessarily have several more decades to wait for the opportunities to be reunited.
February 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 10, 2014, Currently, in addition to achieving USA Citizenship, Alien Registration Cards, North American Indian Status cards and Blood Quantum Letters, legal name changes, and felony charges ‘excused’, the following milestone opportunities have been secured for USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops:
1. Positioned 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops as preferred class action representative for a developing class action suit;
2. Invitation has been extended by prestigious museum of Human Rights within Canada to exhibit USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops within larger exhibit on Canada Scoops, and,
3. Invitation has been extended to 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops to present his victim-survivor statement to TRC-Canada, March 27 – 31, 2014, and, if the victim does attend-present it will be the 1st time that he has seen his biological family since having been abducted, a.k.a., scooped.
February 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 4, 2013, Here are some additional details (taken from Wikipedia; bold is edited in) that help to describe the legal principles that form the basis of TRC-Canada including reasoning by which reparations and damages are determined:
For more than 100 years, Canada retained a practice of removing indigenous Canadian children from their families and placing them in church-run Indian residential schools (IRS) and adoption and foster care system in USA and west Europe. This process was part of an effort to homogenize Canadian society, and included the prohibition of native language and cultural practices. In 1991, the Canadian government established the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), charged with exploring the relationship between aboriginal peoples, the government, and society. As a result of the commission’s recommendations, the government symbolically issued an apology in a “Statement of Reconciliation,” admitting that the Indian Residential Schools in Canada were designed on racist models of assimilation, and that some children who had also been scooped were not placed in IRS but in adoption and foster care systems. Pope Benedict XVI also issued an apology on behalf of church members who were involved in the practice. In addition, the government provided a $350 million fund to help those affected by the schools. In 2006, the federal government signed the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, agreeing to provide reparations to the survivors of this program. The Settlement totals approximately $2 billion, and includes financial compensation, a truth commission, and support services for those victims who were kept within Canada; as of February 2014 there are still no support services for those victims who were not kept within Canada but who were instead placed in USA and west Europe.
February 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
March 21, 2014, (first posted February 3, 2014), A few months ago (see link below), Justice Sinclair notified Government of Canada that TRC-Canada may seek an extension of TRC-Canada because all documentation necessary to assess the magnitude of Canada Scoops has not been provided to TRC-Canada by Government of Canada.
A few years ago TRC-Canada edited its mandate so that only those victims of Canada Scoops who were kept within Canada would be acknowledged by/within the current TRC, i.e., that edit intentionally excluded those victims of the same Canada Scoops who were taken out of Canada and placed in USA and west Europe.
USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops would appreciate Justice Sinclair, in his request for an extension, the objective of which is to collect all documentation necessary to accurately describe the magnitude of Canada Scoops, expanding the request to also include all files that describe those victims of Canada Scoops who were placed in USA and west Europe (in addition to those that were kept within Canada). There will never be a better mechanism than this TRC-Canada by which to do so.