Government representatives engage with TA Norris Middle School students regarding Sixties Scoop Apology

Government representatives engage with TA Norris Middle School students regarding Sixties Scoop Apology

On January 18, 2018, the Honourable Debbie Jabbour, Deputy Speaker, Chair of Committees and Peace River MLA, and the Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children's Services and MLA for Lesser Slave Lake paid a special visit to T.A. Norris Middle School to engage with grade six students regarding the Alberta Government’s Sixties Scoop Apology.

“Grade six students are studying political systems as a part of the Social Studies curriculum and we are very pleased to have local government representatives reach out to the school to provide this opportunity for students to learn more about the Sixities Scoop and what a meaningful apology looks like” says Wade Johnson, TA Norris Middle School Principal. “We appreciate their time and involvement in providing real-life learning opportunities for students. The students asked great questions regarding residential schools and were eager to ask questions regarding government operations.”

As outlined by the Alberta Government, the Sixties Scoop refers to a period of time in Canada when an unknown number of Indigenous children were taken from their parents and communities by child intervention services and placed with mostly non-Indigenous families. Many children lost touch with their families, communities, culture and traditional language. This caused lasting negative issues with mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health and well-being. Survivors and their families are still feeling the effects of the Sixties Scoop today.

Both Jabbour and Larivee were in attendance at the Sixties Scoop Engagement session held in Peace River on January 18, 2018 to listen to survivors and gain a deeper understanding of their experiences to help inform a meaningful government apology for the Sixties Scoop. 

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