A Indigenous Manitoba woman is standing up to the federal government.
Winnipeg native Coleen Rajotte is a journalist and filmmaker. She was also one of about 30,000 Indigenous peoples caught up in the 60’s Scoop and now is on the Manitoba 60’s Scoop Survivor Association.
At a speech at the University of Regina on Saturday, she spoke out her experience growing up and finding about how she was caught up in the scoop, as well as the federal government’s proposed settlement for them.
Rajotte said the settlement, from just a consulting perspective, wasn’t done right.
“We were not widely consulted about this proposed settlement,” she said. “And we just feel this whole process is really flawed.”
That’s not the only thing about the settlement striking a raw nerve with Rajotte.
Along with little Indigenous representation during the negotiation process, she says the lawyers who were involved in them helped set themselves up for a nice pay out.
“They were able to negotitate themselves a $75 million pay day,” she said. “And, we feel that’s completely wrong.”
Rajotte said to show their firm objection to the settlement, she is gathering opposition signatures from Indigenous peoples.
2000 are required to present to the federal government on April 30th.
At the time of this article, 500 signatures have been collected.