The Bi-Giwen: Coming Home – Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop Exhibit features testimonies of 12 Indigenous Survivors of the Sixties Scoop. It explores their lived experiences and the impacts that child removal policies had, and continue to have on them.
The “Sixties Scoop” is a term coined by Patrick Johnston, author of the 1983 report Native Children and the Child Welfare System. It refers to the mass removal of Indigenous children from their families into the child welfare system and was created by changes to the Indian Act in 1951. It is both a cause and result of the racism that is embedded in legislation, policies, and programs in Canada that continues to impact Indigenous People. The Sixties Scoop was a continuation of the genocidal impacts on Indigenous People that resulted from the implementation of the Residential School System.