Over the course of six months (from August 2019 to February 2020), the National Sixties Scoop Engagement Team spoke with, and heard from, hundreds of Survivors across Canada, as well as people with deep experience in Indigenous child welfare, mental health, and the charitable sector. The team asked five questions:
The final report brings together all that was heard during this process to provide guiding direction to the Foundation and its leaders.
The Foundation's mission and mandate should be inclusive of seven key areas of focus, aimed at serving Sixties Scoop Survivors and defining and exploring avenues for healing and reconciliation:
The vision, mission, and approach should be underpinned by the following values:
The board should be comprised of a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 12 individuals, the majority of whom are persons affected by the Sixties Scoop. The core qualities that should define board members include:
The board should aim to represent the vast diversity of Survivors, specifically in terms of geography, language, culture, identity, age, and experience. The following elements of diversity should be considered:
The board recruitment process can and should play an important role in building a relationship of trust between theFoundation and Survivors. We believe a successful Recruitment Process must:
The Foundation should seek to operate “in perpetuity” rather than taking a spend-down approach. In order to achieve long-term sustainability, the Foundation should consider the following practices:
The Foundation’s board, once established, should undertake a branding process to define its visual identity and name. This process should include the development of a “Request for Proposals” (RFP) specifically targeting professional Indigenous designers, artists, and/or branding experts.
In developing the RFP, the Foundation’s board should acknowledge the recurring themes and concepts contributed by Survivors through the Engagement process, as inspiration for the brand: