Aboriginal Adoption Class Action / 60’s Scoop Class Action
60’s Scoop Class Action
Merchant Law Group LLP is pursuing national Sixties Scoop class action litigation against the government seeking compensation on behalf of Indigenous Canadians who were taken from their families and adopted out to white families as part of the so-called Adopt Indian Metis program.
In February 2017, the Trudeau Government announced that the government wishes to pursue negotiations towards a national settlement of the 60’s Scoop litigation. Merchant Law Group launched 60’s Scoop class action litigation in 2009 and our law firm is one of the firms in negotiations with the government to pursue a negotiated settlement.
Fall 2017 Update
A Sixties Scoop class action agreement-in-principle was announced by the Government of Canada in October, 2017. Sixties Scoop refers to the practice of governments in Canada, between 1951 to 1991, of taking Indigenous children from their families and placing them in foster homes or adoption with non-Aboriginal homes. These “scooped children” lost their culture, language, and identity as Aboriginal persons, and frequently suffered emotional, spiritual, sexual or physical abuse.
The agreement-in-principle is intended to provide compensation to all persons who are “Indian” (as defined in the Indian Act, being individuals registered or entitled to be registered for Indian status) or “Inuit”, who were removed from their homes in Canada from 1951 to 1991, and placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents. The settlement provides that Canada will pay between $500 million to $750 million, to be divided between qualified individual claimants. The same criteria will apply to all Sixties Scoop Survivors who qualify for compensation, regardless of where they reside.
Although there is now an agreement in principle on the general terms of a national settlement with the Government of Canada, MLG is working (together with other firms) to negotiate a final settlement agreement with the Canadian Government.
The agreement also provides for a new foundation funded by Canada to enable reconciliation, access to education, healing and wellness. The foundation will be funded with at least $50 million.
It is expected to take a number of months to see if a national settlement can be reached with the Government of Canada. The current agreement-in-principle is non-binding on all parties.
There has so far been no compensation paid to any 60s Scoop Survivors, anywhere in Canada. There is currently no individual application process. If a national settlement is reached some months from now, it will subsequently require approval by the Courts.
Merchant Law Group LLP continues to pursue ongoing 60s Scoop class action litigation before the Courts against several provincial governments on behalf of Indian, First Nations, Métis and other Aboriginal persons who were taken as children from their families and placed for adoption in non-Aboriginal homes. If successful, that litigation against provincial governments may result in further compensation being paid to Sixties Scoop Survivors who qualify under the terms of those class actions.
If you wish to be kept informed on the status of these cases before the Courts and negotiations with the federal government, please join our contact list regarding the Sixties Scoop program (also known as the Lost Girls/Lost Boys class action), by completing the form below. Please note, filling out the form below creates no financial obligation for you.
IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE CONTACT LIST REGARDING THIS CLASS ACTION, PLEASE COMPLETE THE BELOW FORM. (Please note, providing your contact information creates no lawyer-client relationship or financial obligation. You are not charged any fee or cost for joining the contact list for this class action – our law firm would likely paid a contingency fee from the compensation recovered, if this class action is successful.)