Mother’s Day For USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops
May 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
May 10, 2015, (Originally posted May 11, 2014), 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 – at least – 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, Taber Gregory, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Residential_Schools_Truth_and_Reconciliation_Commission. Taber Gregory, or as he was named by his birth family, Henry Desjarlais, mother did not know – for decades – whether her child was dead or alive, still in Canada or placed elsewhere. She died never having met or spoken with her son, they say she died of a broken heart.
Along with leading North American Indian adoptee advocate we are in the earliest stages of planning a pow wow to reunite North American Indian adoptees in the New York City area with one another and their biological families; we hope that will take place as early as Autumn 2014 but may not take place until Spring/Summer/Autumn 2015. The pow wow will have a special focus on USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops.
While, in order to fund the pow wow, we are in process of identifying, reaching out to and meeting with qualified, individual sponsors, we are not and will not, for administrative and legal reasons, be accepting individual donations.