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Sixties Scoop survivor Colleen Hele-Cardinal has launched an interactive digital map allowing fellow survivors to share their stories.
Between the 1950s and 1980s, thousands of Indigenous children were removed from their homes by child welfare agencies and placed with mostly non-Indigenous families across Canada, the U.S. and around the world.
This experience led to a loss of culture and identity and resulted in many adoptees feeling like they don’t fit in and trying to “fill that void”, said Hele-Cardinal.
“The way we’ve been raised is very unique. As Indigenous people, we were raised in a non-Indigenous worldview. We’ve been raised to blend in, to assimilate in mainstream culture,” she said. “It’s really messed up because we experienced a lot of racism.”