On Saturday, June 4th, from 10 am until 5 pm, visitors can view the travelling exhibit “Bi-Giwen: Coming Home – Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop” at Kamloops’ downtown library.
A product of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta, the exhibit will be on display at various locations around Canada. It is an opportunity to educate and share the history of Indigenous people in relation to the Sixties Scoop and includes 12 personal testimonials and stories of those who taken from their parents, families and communities by governments across Canada, facing abuse, mistreatment and neglect.
The term “Sixties Scoop” was coined by Patrick Johnston, author of the 1983 report Native Children and the Child Welfare System. It refers to the mass removal of Aboriginal children from their families into the child welfare system, in most cases without the consent of their families or bands.
image: the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library website.