Metis feel left out of ’60s Scoop set­tle­ment

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - NATIONAL NEWS - KRISTY KIRKUP

OT­TAWA — Metis peo­ple say they feel left out of the fed­eral Lib­eral gov­ern­ment’s mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar set­tle­ment with vic­tims of the so-called ’60s Scoop, which saw Indige­nous chil­dren re­moved from their homes and placed into the foster care sys­tem. Duane Mor­ris­seau Beck, a ’60s Scoop sur­vivor and a di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Indige­nous Sur­vivors of Child Wel­fare Net­work, likened his feel­ings to when he first learned he was adopted as a child in Man­i­toba.

“It just brought me right back to when I was six years old,” Mor­ris­seau-Beck said Tues­day of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment last week. “I still get chills be­cause it re­ally re­in­forced, sort of, that mem­ory … It goes back to feel­ing dis­con­nected and not wanted.”

It’s a feel­ing many in the Metis com­mu­nity know well, he added.

“I have been in­un­dated with Facebook post­ings and in­box mes­sages ask­ing why we are not in­cluded,” he said. “I don’t have an an­swer to that ques­tion.”

The Metis Na­tional Coun­cil has also been flooded with calls, said pres­i­dent Cle­ment Chartier, who com­plained of hav­ing been left in the dark about the set­tle­ment, which com­mits up to $750 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion for sta­tus In­dian and Inuit vic­tims.

“I am dis­ap­pointed that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment didn’t ask us or con­sult us about this whole process and let us know it was hap­pen­ing,” Chartier said in an in­ter­view.

“That would have been a rea­son­able thing to do; at least we would have been able to voice our con­cerns and de­ter­mine what are the is­sues and what do we need to have it re­solved and have Metis Na­tion cit­i­zens af­fected by the ’60s Scoop dealt with.”

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