June 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 29, 2015, Wayne’s story (see link below) reminds everyone that, along with the scooped child and his/her biological family, the American (and west Europe) parents that adopted the scooped Canadian Indian children are victims too. These Americans were led to believe that the children had been put up for adoption by their own parents, i.e., the guilt they feel now knowing that was not the case as well as the difficulty they had understanding why their adopted children from Canada were so ‘upset’, etc., was and is a real emotional hardship for them. Wayne’s USA-adoptive parents and siblings were especially supportive of him, and Taber Gregory’s – according to his victim statement filed with National Archives of Canada by Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Canada – adoptive brothers were for him as well, but the years of not being understood, they claim, takes a toll.
Alberta Premier Takes Initiative And Issues Apology (But Does Not Include Scoop Victims Placed In USA and West Europe)
June 27, 2015 § Leave a comment
The apology goes out only to victims of Canada Scoops who were kept in Canada and who were placed in Canada Residential School System. She also requests inquiry into whereabouts of women who went missing during the same Scoops.
June 26, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 26, 2015, The First Lady Michelle Obama says it well, “given this history, we shouldn’t be surprised at the challenges that kids in (North American) Indian Country are facing today. And we should never forget that we played a role in this. Make no mistake about it – we own this.” See full article (link below), “For more than a century, the governments of Canada and the United States pursued a policy of forcible removal of indigenous children from their homes and communities. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada recently released a report on these removal practices, recognizing them to be part of a policy of “cultural genocide.”
It could not have happened without the complicity of the elites of the Canadian Indian Bands themselves.
This article (see link below), however, does fail to mention that at least as far as the removals that took place in Canada, a.k.a., the scoopings, could not have happened without the complicity of the elites of the Canadian indian bands themselves; None of those elites who participated in the scoopings, several of which according to thier own facebook pages were, if not willing, available for the recently concluded TRC-Canada – provided statements to the recently concluded Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Canada. They are however referred to – and often by name – in victim statements.
At Least (2) Offices of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Have Recognized Canada Scoops To Be A Genocide.
In 2012, Taber Gregory, a.k.a., Taber Meier, name given to him by birth family, Henry Desjarlais, became the 1st and only USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops to be recognized by the recently concluded Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Canada; Based on that TRC-Canada recognition he received expedited his USA Citizenship by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Subsequent to his use of TRC – Canada recognition to achieve his USA Citizenship as a victim of genocide and all of the prerogatives receipt of USA Citizenship on that basis conveys Mandate of the TRC-Canada was edited to preclude Canada Scoops/60’s Scoops Victims who were not kept within Canada but who were instead placed in USA from receiving victim status from this particular TRC-Canada.
Another victim of Canada Scoops placed in western USA also used description of his ‘scooping’ to gain USA Citizenship, although he was not recognized by TRC-Canada.
1 USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canada Scoops Placed in USA is Recognized By Civil Court of Canada In Class Action Suit
Wayne Snellgrove of Miami, Florida, USA, is the 1st and only USA Placed Victim-Survivors of Canadian Scoops to be recognized by civil courts in USA or Canada. Wayne is class action representative on behalf of Canada Scoop Victims placed in USA within a class action civil suit served on Government of Canada January 2015.
June 23, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 23, 2015, The following is a letter from Wayne to Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall requesting an apology from the Government of Canada. USA Placed Victims – Survivors of Canadian Scoops expect apologies to be forthcoming from Governments of Canada and USA, as well as from the adoption agencies, in particular Pearl S Buck’s Welcome House adoption agency of Pennsylvania, USA, that brokered the, what were then referred to as ‘illegal adoptions’ and are today referred to as ‘human trafficking’ transactions. Actually those of us working on this issue – USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops – are surprised that culpable parties to the ‘Canada Scooping/60’s Scoopings’ aren’t more proactive with the apologies, i.e., why are apologies only being provided once a letter requesting an apology has been submitted; that says a lot.
June 22, 2015
Honorable Brad Wall, Premier
233 Central Avenue N, Swift Current
SK, Canada, S9H 0L3
Dear Premier Wall:
My name is now Wayne William Snellgrove. I was born Dwayne Ivan Smoke in Fishing Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan Canada. I am survivor of the Sixties Scoop. As I’m sure you are aware, Native babies were routinely stolen from healthy homes and families and placed into state run care. I was stolen on the day of my birth, April 9, 1971, directly from the hospital. My mother, Nora Smoke, never saw me that day. I was placed in an orphanage hundreds of miles away. Years later, I was adopted out by an American family. It was a wonderful home, but nothing they did or I did could fill that void of losing my mother, my heritage and my culture.
After years of searching I final reunited with my Native mother 32 years after I was born. I hugged her for the first time and told her I loved her. I was home again for the first time. Since then, I have dedicated my life to the Native spiritual ways. It was the only way I could let go of the anger and sadness that enveloped me my entire life. I’ve come to realize the power of forgiveness.
I don’t know the actual number of children taken from my reserve during the years of the Sixties Scoop, but I know this: I was only the third one ever to make it back to Fishing Lake First Nation.
Recently the premier of Manitoba, Greg Selinger, issued an historic apology for its former genocidal legislative policies of forced adoptions and relocation of aboriginal children. So far, it has been the only province to issue such an apology.
I am requesting a personal and formal public apology for the Sixties Scoop atrocities committed by the Canadian government on aboriginal peoples.
Thank you for your immediate consideration.
Wayne William Snellgrove (born Dwayne Ivan Smoke, Fishing Lake First Nation)
June 21, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 21, 2015, (Edited in Bold June 15, 2014, originally posted June 16, 2013), In USA today it is Father’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, Father’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 fathers 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.
As of January 2015, Government of Canada recognizes 1 USA Placed Victim-Survivor of The Canadian Scoops, Wayne Snellgrove of Miami, Florida. Wayne serves as a class action representative in civil suit filed on behalf of Canada Scoops/Sixties Scoops victims placed in adoption and foster care in Canada as well as victims who were placed within USA and west Europe. Other than this suit, all other legal actions have only been representative of those victims of Canada Scoops/Sixties Scoops who were kept in Canada and that explicitly excluded victims who were placed in USA and west Europe. Wayne was never able to meet his biological father. His adoptive father in USA was very supportive but, not realizing he had adopted a son that was a victim of ‘Canada Scooping’, had a hard time understanding his son’s anger issues.
The recently concluded (June 2015) TRC–Canada only recognized 1 USA Placed Victim-Survivor of The Canadian Scoops, Taber Gregory/Taber Meier a.k.a., Henry Desjarlais. Taber’s father did not know – for decades – whether his child was dead or alive, still in Canada or placed elsewhere.
Sadly and unfortunately, The biological father of Taber Gregory/Taber Meier/Henry Desjarlais, Louis Desjarlais, passed away October 2013, just a few months before it was expected that he would be seeing, for the 1st time since his child was ‘scooped’, his son, Henry. His family in Canada expressed that Louis died of a broken heart, years of stress induced by decades of looking for a missing child.
Before his passing, The biological father/Louis Desjarlais filed complaint with TRC-Canada seeking damages of $1Million Canadian Dollars per each year that his son was ‘missing’.
June 19, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 19, 2015, In addition to Taber Gregory, Wayne Snellgrove has been added to the very difficult to get on/to stay on list of ‘Notable Scoops’ as a USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops, The List appears on the Sixties Scoops Wikipedia Page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixties_Scoop
The Pearl S Buck Wikipedia Page makes slight reference to Canada Scoops Victims placed in USA. Wikipedia Editors finally allowed this information to remain on the Pearl S Buck page but only after creating a special section titled, ‘Theodore Harris’, i.e., the information about Canada Scoops Victims placed in USA is published within the Theodore Harris section on the Pearl S Buck Page. Theodore Harris was an Arthur Murray School dance instructor who is alleged to have become Pearl S Buck’s confidante (6th para under ‘Legacy’) and proctor as per Welcome House adoption agency. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_S._Buck
Finally, Court Recognition (and Potential Compensation) For USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoop Victims Too
June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 18, 2015, http://www.merchantlaw.com/merchant-law-firm-says-manitoba-apology-a-step-to-compensation-for-60s-scoop-adoptees-2.html