Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: George Vari Engineering Building (245 Church Street), Room 103
Address: 245 Church Street
City/Province: Toronto, Ontario
Please join us for the Toronto premiere of “A Truth to be Told: The 60s Scoop in the Splatsin Communtity” by Dr. Raven Sinclair.
This screening is free, the room is wheelchair accessible.
From the 1960s and the mid 1980s, First Nation and Metis children in Canada were removed from their families without consent and placed with non-Aboriginal families. This episode is known as “The 60’s Scoop.” The reason you may not have heard of it, is that it doesn’t get much mention in Canadian schoolbooks or archives.
A Truth to be Told is the story of Splatsin band’s (Shuswap) experience of child welfare removals in the 1960s and 70s. The community was devastated by residential schools and further traumatized by the mass removals of their children. Eventually, the Chief, a child welfare survivor himself, rallied to stop child welfare interventions in his community. Splatsin became the only First Nation community in Canada to enact a child welfare by-law, giving them jurisdiction over their children. This film highlights the anguish and the resilience of the Splatsin community members and reveals that the child welfare battle is far from over.
One of Canada’s primary experts on the ‘60s Scoop’ era, and executive producer of ‘Truth to be Told’, Dr. Raven Sinclair (Ótiskewápíwskew) is Cree/Assinniboine/Saulteaux from Gordon’s First Nation. Dr. Sinclair is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Regina and the Assistant Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre.
This event is part of the Activist Media Archives Symposium hosted by The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought.