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Sask. man files human rights complaint over Métis exclusion from Sixties Scoop settlement

Sask. man files human rights complaint over Métis exclusion from Sixties Scoop settlement
From CBC - November 14, 2017

A Mtis man from Saskatchewan has filed a human rights complaint against Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, saying she discriminated against Mtis people by failing to include them in a $800-million class-action settlement over the Sixties Scoop.

On Oct. 6, Bennett announced the federal government had reached an agreement in principle with survivors of the Sixties Scoop, which refers to a period between 1951 and 1991 when thousands of Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families.

'From hope, to disbelief'

Robert Doucette was taken from his family and placed with a foster home in 1962.

In a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, he writes that the minister discriminated against Mtis people when a decision was made that the settlement would only include First Nations and Inuit survivors.

"I went from hope, to disbelief and then disgust when all Mtis Sixties Scoop survivors across Canada came to the painful realization that Mtis adopted/foster children were left out of a major announcement which was heralded as a moment of contrition and reconciliation by the government of Canada," Doucette writes in the complaint.

'Why not theMtis?'

Doucette said he decided to file the complaint after receiving no response to letters of complaint that he wrote to Bennett, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott.

"My question:why not the Mtis? Are we a less than Aboriginal person as defined under Section 35 of the Canadian constitution? Is there a two-tier system for dealing with the rights of Aboriginal people in Canada?

On Oct. 6, Bennett said the agreement will "begin to right the wrongs" caused by forcibly removing Indigenous children from their birth families.

Complaint seeking respect: Doucette

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