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Tuesday October 20, 2015
George Vari Engineering Building (245 Church Street) Room 103
7:00-9:00pm 

The 60s scoopis a shameful and little-known era of Canadian history. Following on the heels of the century-long residential schools system, it saw thousands of First Nations children forcibly taken from their homes via the child welfare system.  Dr. Raven Sinclair, herself an adoptee of the scoop, comes to Ryerson to raise awareness about this issue.

 Means of Production Speakers’ Seriesat Ryerson University, a project of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, presents an interactive lecture withDr. Raven Sinclair.  Coming all the way from Saskatchewan, Dr. Sinclair will discuss her latest film, There’s A Truth To Be Told, a project that involved collecting the stories of ‘60s scoop survivors. The event will be moderated by Dr. Cyndy Baskin, Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council and Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Ryerson University. Admission is FREE.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commissionhas documented the stories of generations of First Nations people who grew up in the residential schools. Social problems that developed as a result of abuse experienced in the schools were used to rationalize federal government assimilation policies – via adoption and fostering by white families.

In 1959, less than one per cent of children in care were aboriginal. Within 10 years, they made up 40 per cent of fostered and adopted children in Canada.  There’s A Truth To Be Told will tell their story for the first time. 

Raven Sinclair (Ótiskewápíwskew) is Cree/Assinniboine/Saulteaux from Gordon’s First Nation. She is associate professor of social work at the University of Regina and the Assistant Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre. She was an editor of Wícihitowin, the first Canadian social work book written by First Nations, Inuit and Métis authors who are educators at schools of social work across Canada.