Cultural Connections (1)
Identify the number of individuals in the St. John’s area that are survivors, families, or descendants. Increase awareness about the Sixties Scoop to the public, which promotes truth and reconciliation. Connect Survivors, families, and descendants to First Light programs and services to connect/reconnect them with their culture (Cultural Reclamation and Reunification) Refer Survivors, families, and descendants to cultural services such as trauma-informed counseling and land-based activities, that promote wellness (Holistic Wellness Services)
Cultural Connections (2)
Continue to identify the number of people in our area who are impacted by the Sixties Scoop and offer them person-centered support. The focus will include outreach and support which will build the capacity of the team to increase outreach to the urban Indigenous target community: Sixties Scoop Survivors, their families, and descendants. Identify those in our target population and engage them in person-centered, responsive programs and support. The Cultural Support worker will coordinate some of the identified programming such as peer-support groups, healing circles, sweat lodges, drumming, cultural crafts, and land-based programs. This project will transport Elders from rural and remote areas to meet with individuals being supported in this project. Elders could then hold ceremonies that are culturally relevant and responsive to the cultural needs of the survivor community.
Reclaiming Culture (1)
Participants learned how to make tobacco ties and were introduced to the 4 sacred medicines, tobacco, sage, sweetgrass, and cedar. Sessions on mindfulness including the Medicine Wheel teachings which were presented and worked through with participants and volunteer elders and staff. Sessions on the Seven Grandfather Teachings were presented to groups. Presentations and activities were presented on Treaties, the Indian Act, and UNDRIP to the groups. Created talking sticks with the groups were also presented, along with the purpose and meaning of what a talking stick is used for. Participants attending were welcome to approach Elders and Knowledge Keepers with their questions.
Re-establishing Community (2)
The grant assisted this organization with lesson planning and education including the outline of a guidebook. Programming has been available on Zoom and in person focused on cultural teachings and workshops including bringing in Indigenous Elders, Artisans, and Knowledge-Keepers. Programming encompasses areas such as: sacred medicines, gardening, cultural crafts, painting and opportunities to connect with traditional and eagle feather teachings. Furthermore, they also hosted a retreat which included drumming, making medicine pouches, and other cultural activities and teachings.
Designed a new interactive, digital Sixties Scoop Exhibit that will provide education and training on this dark period in history. This kiosk is the beginning of an interactive display to allow the public to learn the hard story and history of Indigenous people’s journey as 60s Scoop Survivors. The story starts with the residential school exhibit leading the way. The kiosk enhanced and increased knowledge in a fuller and more contemporary feel, paving the way for an ongoing story opportunity that can be built upon in the future, such as additions of the Millennium Scoop, which gives the public the full true story of the Indigenous peoples of Canada.
Understanding the Inuit Experience (1)
This project involved six Survivors who were part of a project steering committee, two of the Survivors participated in the video. It was decided to include Survivor stories in the research report after several Inuit survivor advocates who were contacted for general information indicated a desire to have their stories heard. As a result, six Survivors were able to tell their stories. Through the promotion and distribution of the research report and video, the expectation was that hundreds of Inuit Survivors of the Sixties Scoop would see their experiences reflected in these initial written and visual explorations of the issue. TI will promote, post, and distribute the products nationwide to other Inuit community organizations in North and Southern Canada; regional, provincial, territorial, and national Inuit organizations; and Inuit-serving organizations and the public through social and broadcast media.
Mamisarvik Outreach and Elder Healing and Wellness Program (2)
Create an Outreach Healing program, extending the Mamisarvik Centre’s reach through aftercare, allowing clients/survivors to experience a more gradual road to independence, and extend the self-healing process. The focus will be on 10 clients who are Sixties Scoop Survivors. This program project will have 3 distinct components for aftercare and an expansion for Elder healing: Outreach support services, providing past clients’ ongoing periodic support, In-class therapy Elder-led programming, and providing past clients' ongoing periodic support and Elder-specific programming.
Provided the '60s Scoop Survivors with an element of connection to cultural activities while reducing social isolation by delivering programs and services such as support groups, cultural initiatives, and talking circles. This program also helped survivors navigate through areas of difficulty while accessing government services by providing support in filling out forms, understanding the process, and accessing ID. The program developed and offered different resources, pamphlets, and presentations to promote the program, as well as available support within the community.
Healing the Family within (1)
The program provided support and advocacy for 60s Scoop Survivors, their families, descendants, and community support workers. The program was about healing and wellness for those who want to reclaim and reconnect to their roots. BNFC walked with survivors on their healing journey, wherever they were. The key activities were education and information workshops, cultural counseling, and workshops focused on the history of the Indigenous people.
Reclaiming and Reconnecting Through Language, Culture and Art (2)
Integrate the knowledge keepers who hold the history of our people and teach 60s Scoop Survivors, families, and those affected lifelong teachings that will potentially bring wellness and improve social determinants of health and mental health. Provide language classes that will include Cree, Anishinaabe, Dakota, and Michif. Hold the stories of who we are as people and create our identity through art which is a form of therapy that encourages the development of healthy coping strategies. Provide traditional cultural teachings such as tipi teachings and kinship ties to Survivors and provide them with direct project access to our community of knowledge keepers and elders. Provide programs that will help Survivors claim their Identity, self-worth, and holistic wellness.
Healing the Generational Line for Sixties Scoop Survivors (1)
The goal of the foundation-funded program was to bring together Sixties Scoop Survivors who all went through different experiences but knew how they went through the same thing: loss of identity, culture, ceremonies, language, kinship families, and so much more. The main goal was to bring back their identity, culture, and language and learn how to talk amongst one another and talk about their stories. Sixties Scoop Survivors who attended had an impact on their personal being as to being involved with or coming to the Sixties Scoop gathering to be a part of culture. For example, the ladies who made their own Ribbon Skirts for the first time were proud of making something for themselves and learning the teachings of the Ribbon Skirts. Or just listening to the importance of traditional medicines and how can use them. Learning about the importance of the teepee teachings was also a part of the gathering. These successful stories are the first in Saskatchewan to make history. Those who took part in the gathering, have made lifelong memories.
Healing Through Culture on the Land (2)
Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre (SIMFC) will hold a gathering for 3-day cultural camp for 60s Scoop Survivors. Preparation consisted of four teepees and one sweat lodge. The culture camp will start with a pipe ceremony followed by introductions and an explanation of the cultural workshops. The workshops will consist of language revitalization, music, creation stories, teepee teachings, element teachings, and ceremonial teachings that will be provided to our survivors, in a non-pressured environment. Drumming circles, singing, and Métis cultural music will be enjoyed by all and will be key to revitalizing our music. Sixties Scoop Survivors will connect with the land and culture and take home a feeling of being in balance and harmony. This project seeks to identify the successes, challenges, and opportunities, thereby creating a strong evidence base of how to replicate or grow such a project in other communities across the land. In this way, this project honors traditional teachings and continues the sacred responsibility of caring for knowledge and kin across the land with the end goal of creating the healer within.
Provide a Food Security Program to establish, increase, and ensure access to food aid for the Indigenous community of Montreal. Serve an average of 120 breakfasts, 280 hot meals, and distribute 160 lunch bags weekly. Support the First Nations Adult Education School in collaboration with the First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec by providing 25 additional lunches weekly for students enrolled in the Kaneko: ta Education Program. Invest in the health, healing, and wellness of the Sixties Scoop Survivors, their families, and descendants by providing substantial and nutritious meals daily. Contributing this way also opens doors for the intervention workers in-house to increase awareness of relevant resources, provide appropriate referrals to the people in need, expand outreach and services to provide additional support, referrals, and resources that meet deeper community-member-driven basic needs such as housing, employment, continuing education, access to social services, emotional support, and continue developing professional and trusting relationships with community members that encourage resiliency and cultivate empowerment.
Mental Health Team (1)
VAHS programs are designed by and for urban Indigenous people to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. VAHS services included a primary care clinic, a dental clinic, a cultural team of Elders and Knowledge Keepers (“Our Circle is Strong”), and Indigenous Early Years programs for children and families. VAHS additionally launched a Women’s Mobile Primary Care Clinic program in February 2023, which will bring low-barrier health and cultural support to unhoused Indigenous women and girls in the Downtown Eastside community.
Dental Clinic Capacity Building (2)
To better serve Sixties Scoop Survivors and descendants, this funding will help bring Elder support into the clinic on amore regular basis for the survivors to have access to. Introduce a more culturally grounded intake process by identifying patients who have experienced the Sixties Scoop and connecting patients to Elders and resources, should they wish to pursue this care. Supports staffing at dental clinics in two locations for the Indigenous Survivors to have dental work. Supports a Sixties Scoop survivor who is in talks to complete her social service worker practicum, with a focus on providing wrap-around care to dental patients.
This grant provided a community space for survivors to work on healing, reconnecting to culture, language, and land-based healing. Promote services to work with Survivors, their families, and descendants, both in one-on-one and group settings. Will launch a Ceremony on the land aimed at healing Survivors of the Sixties Scoop and their descendants. Create a video storyboard for those survivors who wish to participate to share their stories in order to lift other Survivors up and support them in their courage and healing journey to healing and wellness.
Research and connect Sixty Scoop Survivors with their unknown family members. Work closely with the Survivors in researching and connecting them to the different resources available within the government and child welfare records. Work with the Elders to connect individuals with their cultural background and learn their cultural ways of life. Allow Survivors to maintain balance in all four aspects of life, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Sixties Scoop Western Canada Gathering (1)
Create a gathering for survivors to come together to bring wellness and healing to their lives and the lives of their families and communities. Survivors will have the opportunity to meet other Survivors from across western Canada and know they are not alone. Provide sharing circles and teachings from Elders and other resource people, participants will reconnect to a way of life that was taken from them. Provide ceremonial, and cultural activities and create a space for Survivors to build connections. Provide Survivors with opportunities to participate in fun and recreational activities in a non-threatening environment that promotes risk-taking and generates comradery amongst themselves which enhances building support mechanisms and strengthens confidence and willingness to engage and contribute to families and communities.
Health and Mental Wellness Pilot (2)
Develop and implement a pilot project working alongside psychologists, psychiatrists, and relevant organizations. · The key deliverables of this project are to host 2 full days of meetings and building strategy with approximately 20 psychological professionals and organizational representatives. Develop a core working team to meet weekly and to develop the structure and plan to offer virtual psychotherapy sessions to (SSISA), AB Survivors. · Build a roster of psychological professionals. Plan and deliver an intensive three-day training with a roster of psychological professionals toprepare them for the pilot delivery phase. · Pilot the delivery of sessions three days a week with five psychologists to the Survivors.
Websites: https://www.jhcentre.org/ https://www.ssisa.ca/
Educate Canadians and Indigenous people about the Sixties Scoop and its ongoing effects. This exhibition will introduce the events, causes, and impacts of the Sixties Scoop, as well as provide a timeline of events and policies. This exhibition will highlight the direct links between the Residential and Day School System, the Sixties Scoop, and the current overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the child welfare system. This exhibition will invest in the health, healing, and wellness of Survivors and their families and descendants by providing important education to Canadians and Indigenous peoples alike. The grant would fund research, development, design, production costs, and sustainability for this exhibition.
To bring in Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Cultural Workers who will teach Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Create a cultural wellness week during our FADP (Family Alcohol and Drug Program) 7 to 8-week program which occurs 6 times per year. These activities will enhance what clients may already know and teach them traditional ways that may be new to them. This program will include medicine picking, fishing/hunting, beading, ribbon skirt/shirt making, storytelling, and many other cultural traditions that were taken away from indigenous people during the Sixties Scoop.
Focus on Survivor well-being by reclaiming Indigenous culture and employing their own Survivors who span three generations of the Sixties Scoop to offer peer support. The program will arrange one day per month, repeating, a well‐being day over the summer months at no cost to the Survivors.
The Four Directions Healing Journey project will be carried out in three distinct phases to support a collaborative and informed approach to meeting the needs of Sixties Scoop Survivors
Phase 1: Design and Deliver outreach communication strategy.
Phase 2: Design and Delivery of bi-weekly Sixties Scoop Survivor
Phase 3: Will run concurrent with phase-2 programming and focus on supporting truth-telling and storytelling.
Bigiwen 60s Scoop Healing Initiatives (1)
The Bi-Giwen Gathering aims to support survivors in healing from trauma and assist in managing triggers or traumas that may surface during the Sixties Scoop litigation or settlement agreement processes. The Gatherings will also provide a network of peer support amongst survivors and adoptees dealing with the traumas of their displacement from their families and communities.
Debwewin: Mapping 60s Scoop Diaspora (2)
Support the GIS Mapping project further by advancing technological coding, identifying resources for healing, repatriation, and cultural support, training, workshops, managing Survivors request, etc. The project also assists the SSN in facilitating the 5-day gathering of 15 Survivors.
Indigenous Cultural Wisdom Exchange
The Indigenous Cultural Wisdom Exchange Program is a healing journey for the Sixties Scoop Survivors and their families and is designed to help survivors and their descendants reconnect with their roots and reclaim their identities. · The project offers a friendly, inclusive space full of activities like traditional ceremonies, storytelling, and art sessions that celebrate Indigenous cultures to encourage emotional expression and spiritual growth, while also revitalizing cultural knowledge. The program is guided by Elders and knowledge keepers who ensure everything we do respects the diverse traditions of Indigenous peoples. A big part of the program is fostering a supportive community. The project is creating a network of support and solidarity, aiming to boost resilience among the Sixties Scoop survivors and their descendants. In a nutshell, our Indigenous Cultural Wisdom Exchange Program is about promoting healing, wellness, and empowerment by helping Sixties Scoop survivors and their families reconnect with their Indigenous heritage, while providing a safe space to grow a sense of community and belonging.
Kermode Cultural Liaison Coordinator
Engage a Cultural Liaison Coordinator (CLC) to work across programs to provide education, information, referrals, and support for the families of Sixties Scoop alongside IRS families. Kermode acknowledges the disconnect from culture for Sixties Scoop children can be more extensive, and that healing may include sharing their Indigenous culture and practices with the adoptive family. Activities will be culturally rooted in safety and trauma-informed to include art therapy, crafts, medicine-making, dance, drumming, language nest, cedar weaving, sharing circles, sweats, indigenous foods, and meal sharing, interspersed with the history of assimilation, colonization, Indian Residential School and Sixties Scoop. The CLC will engage with clients to ensure they are referred to appropriate resources for connecting to birth families, mental health, compensation, artwork, books, music, and films about the 60s Scoop. The project focus is to reconnect Indian Residential School and Sixties Scoop Survivors with culture and community.
Bunk #7 Community Talks Back
The project centers around the play about Bunk #7 which tells the true story of a riot at an Edmonton residential school ca.v1959-61, precipitated by six boys when the English supervisor who was protecting them got fired. After a nine-community tour of northern BC in 2022, The organization realized that they were missing information about an important demographic - the children of the Sixties Scoop. These survivors came to see the show, and they needed the support. The education element used in this storytelling is that the Settlers in the program audience needed to learn this important piece of colonization. Key to presenting the full-length two-act show is the after-show talks back.
The Survivors Healing Program team will lead a Sixties Scoop awareness campaign to honor and acknowledge Sixties Scoop Survivors; educate and increase public awareness of the Sixties Scoop and promote services that promote mental health, wellness, and the unique healing needs of Survivors and their families. Congruent to the campaign, the project will conduct a survey for Sixties Scoop families and Survivors to identify priorities for action. The survey will be posted through social media channels and in-person meetings with survivors. The information gathered from the survey will adhere to OCAP principles and will be provided to member Nations to increase their knowledge and inform priorities. This campaign is intended to empower Sixties Scoop Survivors and their families through visual representation within the broader community using various communications tools such as billboards, bus boards, and signage.
Sixties Scoop Healing on our Land
TLTK will bring trained therapists who regularly facilitate the programs at the Haven on Gabriola Island, or have in the past, but also have their practices at various locations in Canada, to work with the Sixties Scoop victims and descendants of the Sixties Scoop in specially designed 5-Dayon the land healing sessions. To have the individual facilitators team up and offer a varied healing program, will provide an extraordinary dive into understanding personal history based on traumatic events that occurred with the parents and grandparents involved in the 60’s Scoop, and were subsequently passed on through the next generations. The project will offer two separate 5-Day sessions, one for the young adults who are descendants of the sixties scoop, particularly those with families, and one for the community members who were themselves survivors of the sixties scoop. These may end up combining different ages in both sessions.
Inuktitut reclamation of language and identity
Inuktitut is a theatre project that takes Nobel Prize- Waiting for Godot winner, well-known masterpiece, Waiting for Godot, and subversively repurposes it into an Inuktitut language version that sheds light on the condition of Inuit within Canada. This request covers the final development of the project, a run (and country food feast) in Ottawa for an invited Inuit audience. Once this stage is complete, the show will tour Iqaluit, Mittimatalik as well as Igloolik – the community and dialect of the production is translated into. Language reclamation is at the center of this project. Healing through language reclamation as well as sharing this artwork with other Inuit is at the center of this project.
Healing Paths: Empowering Sixties Scoop Survivors, Families and their Descendants
The Heating Paths project aims to utilize the medicine wheel as a guiding framework. The medicine wheel will be incorporated in the following ways:
1. Physical health: offer resources on healthy lifestyles, nutrition, and physical activities for better physical well-being.
2. Mental health: Provide mental health support through the learning management system (LMS) and in-person workshops focusing on understanding, coping, and building resilience specific to Sixties Scoop Survivors experiences.
3. Emotional Well-being: Emotional healing by offering culturally sensitive workshops and resources to address trauma, grief, and emotional resilience, teaching coping skills, emotional regulation, and healing practices like storytelling, art, and traditional ceremonies.
4. Spiritual Connection: Traditional knowledge and practices are incorporated, including guidance on ceremonies, and teachings on Indigenous spirituality. and opportunities to connect with cultural heritage, promoting spiritual healing.
Bonoojiinayg gaa bi giiwejig - Children Who Came Home
This initiative will build the capacity of the group to deliver programs to other Sixties Scoop Survivors, their families, and descendants, as well as promote reunification, cultural connection, and transmission of knowledge. This project will provide training and truth-telling to other communities and support increased programming to expand the offering to others. and will build a “speakers bureau” of storytellers and artists who can share their knowledge with others. · Binoojiinyag gaa-bi-giiwejig worked with 200 elementary school children creating friendship bracelets while sharing their experiences. So, the hope is that Arts Orillia and Gathering Festival may continue to support these types of exchanges and additionally offer a platform for the group to partake in public speaking and the retail of their goods. There is a hope to screen their film and support the ongoing development of new media materials that will widely disseminate their truth and the bravery of their healing journey.
Tipi Development Gowanstown, Ontario
Kaswenta/Two Row Now is an Indigenous-led community building group, a grassroots collaborative made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. This collaborative includes community-based Indigenous educators; Indigenous-focused staff from schools, community centers & Kaswenta Two Row Now, ON businesses, artists, musicians, and a family health team and has been supported by Huron Perth Public Health since August 2022. Kaswenta/Two Row Now pays special attention to Indigenous Peoples in Huron and Perth who have experienced a disconnection from their families and communities for whatever reason. Kaswenta/Two Row Now will provide operational oversight and direction for the development of a 30-foot Tipi - an outdoor educational/cultural/healing center in Gowanstown, Ontario, that will be a meeting place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to learn about and/or rediscover Indigenous.
Mohawk Village Memorial Park's Healing Pathway
Develop a memorial pathway for Sixties Scoop Survivors' healing journey. This pathway will be an entrance and one of the first impressions of the park. A cement pathway was chosen to ensure safe passage as most of our aging former Residential School and 60s Scoop Survivors have mobility issues. The Memorial pathway will welcome all individuals and abilities entering and will connect to the longer pathway into the park. A plaque will be erected, and an opening ceremony held to make this space in dedication to the Residential School Survivors and Sixties Scoop Survivors. A future plan to establish QR code signs throughout the park stating the significance and rationale of each structure in the park is also underway.
Pow Wow 101
This project will provide thirty weeks of First Nations dance instruction to people who were removed from their homes due to the Sixties Scoop as well as their descendants. There will be dance instructors for six dance styles. Regalia makers will teach regalia-making for each dancer. Meals and transportation will be provided to encourage participation. The project will always have a male Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keeper and a female Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keeper onsite during the program to ensure that the proper cultural teachings are transmitted to the participants
Voices of Future Generations Children's Initiative
The project aims to select a Child Author, Child Ambassadors, and stories about the Sixties Scoop. The project will build on the work that the VoFG Cl team initiated in 2019 with the selection of the first Indigenous Child Author and Child Ambassadors, who have raised awareness about residential schools, restoration of Indigenous languages and identity, and reconciliation. · In this project, through three key global deliverables, the CISDL, VoFG CI team seeks to contribute to the healing journey of Sixties Scoop Survivors, their descendants, and families and help preserve and strengthen unique Indigenous cultures, traditions, and languages. · The funding will allow the project Indigenous Leadership Commission and team to select, mentor, and support a Sixties Scoop Indigenous Child Author and several Child Ambassadors, to illustrate, publish, and disseminate their inspiring stories about Sixties Scoop Survivors' healing and resilience, and to organize events through which many children and their families, including many Sixties Scoop Survivors and their descendants, can be reached. These three key activities would contribute to expanding the world's knowledge and empathy for the experiences and histories of survivors and their descendants.
Karonhi:io Food Security Program
Establish a Food Security Program to increase and ensure access to food aid to the Indigenous community of Montreal in a culturally appropriate way. In response to urgent needs brought about by theCOVI0-19 pandemic, NFCM assumed control and development of a food security initiative established by a partner organization in January 2021. Provide daily hot lunches, bi-weekly food baskets, and monthly community dinners. Incorporate a holistic approach to wellness within our existing outreach work to ensure food security among our indigenous community, and that our services extend beyond the distribution of hot meals and delivery of food baskets. Acknowledging that Indigenous food security is intricately connected to the overall well-being of our participants, we provide comprehensive support and encourage growth and stability within our Indigenous community, accessing the food security program.