The Saskatchewan government plans on holding sharing circles across the province to help inform an apology to victims of the so-called ’60s Scoop.
Officials say the sharing circles, an Indigenous tradition, will be used to encourage substantive and respectful conversations about what happened.
Indigenous children lost their cultural heritage after being taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families during the time of the ’60s Scoop.
The first sharing circle is to be held on Oct. 13 in Meadow Lake with others planned in North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Fort Qu’Appelle and Regina. The Regina events will go November 24 and 25.
The Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan, a non-profit group of First Nations, Metis and non-status individuals, will help lead the sharing circles.
In a release, society spokesperson Robert Doucette says he is expecting these sharing crcles to be emotional for many participants, but they are part of the journey toward healing for those in this province who experienced the Sixties Scoop