Region 3's Indigenous Conference will be held October 20-22, 2017, at the Fern Resort in Ramara. The theme of the conference is "The Role of Resiliency in Resistance Today: Sixties Scoop Survivors Reclaim Their Culture."
Between 1965 and 1984, Indigenous children were taken from their families and communities by child welfare and placed in non-Indigenous homes that were predominantly white. This was done because Indigenous families and/or homes were considered unfit to raise their children – a claim made, in many of the cases, without merit. This resulted in many generations losing their cultural identity.
On May 16, 2017, the OPSEU Indigenous Mobilization Team brought together survivors of the “Sixties Scoop,” Children’s Aid Society workers, and the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network to launch a campaign called “Coming Home: Sixties Scoop Survivors Reclaiming Their Culture.” The conference will take a close look at this important initiative.
The deadline has passed. Applications are no longer being accepted.