Manitoba survivors opting out of '60s Scoop settlement with federal government

Manitoba survivors opting out of '60s Scoop settlement with federal government

WINNIPEG — Some Manitoba survivors of the ’60s Scoop are encouraging others to opt out of a settlement with the federal government.

The survivors, who include two Manitoba plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit, say they were not consulted and suggest that lawyers will walk away with more money than the Indigenous people who were hurt by the adoptions.

In October, the government announced that it had reached an  agreement with about 20,000 survivors, who are each to receive a payout between $25,000 and $50,000.

Coleen Rajotte, who was taken from her family when she was a baby, says she and fellow survivors are trying to get 2,000 others to opt out of the settlement by May.

She says they want to negotiate for a better deal.

Thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes by child-welfare agents and placed with non-Indigenous families starting in the 1960s, a practice that stripped them of their culture, language and traditions.

Published at Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:30:04 -0500