Class action administrator to hold Iqaluit info session for Sixties Scoop survivors

Info session set for Monday, April 8, at the Frobisher Inn, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

A 1970 Montreal Gazette article promotes the idea of white families adopting Indigenous children. Now those children are eligible to claim a settlement for the harms they suffered, and an Iqaluit information session will guide Sixties Scoop survivors through the process. (Image courtesy of scoopsters.wordpress.com)

By Courtney Edgar

Sixties Scoop survivors in Nunavut who are able to get to Iqaluit may want to attend an April 8 information session to learn how to gain access to a class action settlement award of between $25,000 and $50,000 person that they’re entitled to for the harm caused by forced adoption.

The final settlement amount, a range that was reached in 2017, depends on the total number of eligible class action members.

During the Sixties Scoop, governments took roughly 20,000 Indigenous children from their families and put them up for adoption by non-Indigenous families.

Iqaluit’s info session, held by Collectiva, an independent firm administering the class action, will be the second-last of 21 stops around the country.

It will be the firm’s only visit to Nunavut.

They will hold the information session at the Frobisher Inn in Iqaluit from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, April 8. A light lunch will be provided between presentations.

Collectiva staff have been travelling across the country since December 2018 to share information with survivors on how to get the settlement money.

To be eligible for the class action settlement, you must be Indigenous and have either been adopted or made a permanent ward and placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents in Canada between Jan. 1, 1951 and Dec. 31, 1991, resulting in a loss of cultural identity.

At the information session in Iqaluit, claimants will be guided through the process of preparing their claim forms for compensation.

These forms can be found online here.

They must be filled out and sent to the claims administrator Collectiva by Aug. 30, 2019.

As well, there will be a presentation on financial literacy by AFOA Canada (formerly Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada) at the Iqaluit information session.

Collectiva staff and representatives from its Indigenous organization partners will be available to give support and answer questions.

More information on the class action settlement can be found on its website here.

You can also call 1-844-287-4270 or email si**********@co********.ca to learn more.

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