Dr. Jacqueline Marie Maurice, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Jacqueline Marie Maurice is of Indigenous Métis ancestry and hails from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Dr. Maurice has dedicated her career to advocacy and improving the lives of Indigenous peoples around the world. A fellow Survivor who knows the various traumas and cultural losses of our community, Dr. Maurice understands firsthand the battle to include Métis and Non-Status in the Sixties Scoop Settlement. Her message to other Survivors is “you are not alone” and her vision for the Foundation includes the concept of one Survivor helping another Survivor on the path to healing.
Dr. Maurice holds a doctorate in Social Work, with a research focus on Indigenous child welfare policies from the 1960s through the 1980s and wholistic healing and its relationship to social work.
Throughout her career, Dr. Maurice has focused on the Sixties Scoop, having authored and edited Out of the Shadows: Stories by Sixties Scoop Warriors, volumes one and two, which chronicle Sixties Scoop Survivors’ stories while bringing light, strength and courage to others.
For more than twenty-five years, she has been a tireless advocate, educator and storyteller highlighting historical child welfare eras in North America, such as with her book, The Lost Children: A Nation’s Shame.
Dr. Maurice’s life’s work and heartwork revolves around giving a voice to the past while shining a light on the effects and realities of children currently being taken and put into foster homes, a tragedy she calls The Millennium Scoop. She is passionate about giving voices to untold stories from the thousands of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous children in the child welfare system.
A passionate researcher and expert in Indigenous Health Education and Indigenous Health Human Resources, Dr. Maurice is the current Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is also a member of The College of Family Physicians. Her work bridges social work, mental health and traditional healing with contemporary medicine and family medicine. Much of her work has been focused on behavioural, psychotherapeutic and humanist counselling in addition to a structural and anti-racist approach to leadership and inclusion in Indigenous, 2SLGBTQQIA+ and non-Indigenous communities.
Dr. Maurice was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation on September 7, 2021. In this new role, she will be responsible for the development and implementation of programs and services to support Survivors and will play an integral part in the development of grants, services and supports to Survivors.
FIRST PERMANENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS – UPDATE
Presenting our first permanent Board of Directors: Throughout 2020, based on the recommendations in the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation Survivor Engagement Report, we recruited the first permanent Survivor-led Board of Directors for the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation. Our first official Board of Directors represent compassion, strength, unity and healing.
November 12, 2020 Virtual Event Official Launch of the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation and Board of Directors Announcement.Captions in French and English will be provided in the future, but for now, the video is available for viewing in its entirety.
Carolyn Bennett Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Bennett shares remarks on the new permanent Board Members of the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation and their vital work to address the legacy of the Sixties Scoop.