Father’s Day for USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops
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’.