That’s an important question and it will be answered directly from Survivors’ voices gathered during the engagement process.
The Board of Directors is using the feedback from the thousands of Survivors we heard during the engagement process. These recommendations include advice on how to formally establish a Foundation that best serves the needs and aspirations of Sixties Scoop Survivors and anyone affected by child welfare removal including Métis, Inuit and First Nations. On November 12, 2020, the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation officially launched with its first permanent, Suvivor-led Board of Directors. This all-volunteer Board now has the critically important job of transforming this Foundation from an idea to a reality and getting it up and running to serve Survivors.
The new Board is now hard at work, establishing the right structures and systems to responsibly manage the Foundation.
Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the Foundation.
On November 12, 2020, following a thorough recruitment process, the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation officially launched with its first, Suvivor-led Board of Directors. This all-volunteer Board now has the critically important job of transforming the Foundation from an idea to a reality and getting it up and running to serve those impacted by the 60's Scoop.
While there aren't currently any open positions, we fully expect that the Foundation will need volunteers in a range of capacities as its work gets underway. Email your interest to and we will keep your expression of interest on file and reach out to you with any future opportunities.
If you'd like to get occasional email updates from the Board, please sign up using the Stay Informed form at the bottom of this page if you haven't already.
The Government of Canada provided funding for the Engagement process that is separate and apart from the initial $50 million being granted to fund the Foundation.
No. This is purely a volunteer role.
The Foundation is a fully independent charitable organization. It was created with funding from the Government of Canada, awarded as part of the National Sixties Scoop Settlement.
The National Settlement agreement included a Canadian Federal Government appointee to sit on the Board of Directors. The appointee's sole responsibility is to the Foundation and that they bear the same responsibilities and commitments to uphold the best interests of the Foundation, and those it serves as fellow board members. Federal Government appointees to Board of Directors for Indigenous organizations has been a practice used recently by the current Government as a way of improving communications and relationships between government and Indigenous organizations. The new Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation has no prior relationships with the Federal Government, and the Foundation would like to establish a good working relationship that maintains and respects its independent and self-determined status. The Federal Government appointee is Justice Harry LaForme and he will serve as a great opportunity to develop this relationship, and we are honoured to have him be a part of our Board.
We encourage anyone who is seeking support for themselves or a loved one to reach out to the Hope for Wellness Crisis hotline at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada and is available for 24/7.
In addition, the following directories are available to link you to mental health care in your community:
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Mental Health Helpline 1-866-531-2600
Za-geh-do-win Information Clearinghouse 1-800-669-2538
The Clearinghouse publishes The Key: Aboriginal Mental Health Services/Support Directory. An up-to-date version can be ordered for free by calling the Clearinghouse, or you can download a PDF of an earlier version by clicking this link.
Yes! Below are Sixties Scoop online communities that you can join and speak with other Survivors:
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada and is available for 24/7. In addition, the following directories are available to link you to mental health care in your community:
In addition, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) represents 107 Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations (PTA)in Canada to further connect in your community.
We will update this list as we learn of new groups and communities for Survivors that promote safety and compassion for all members. Please let us know your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.