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Experts discuss colonial failings and ways to support families during Beyond Neglect series.
Raymond Shingoose — whose spirit name is Tipiskoh kee see koowihnin (man standing between heaven and earth) — has spent decades working to assert Indigenous children’s rights.
When he was 12, he was taken from his grandparents’ care as part of the Sixties Scoop.
“We lived the traditional ways and I got taken away because of that. And I think that’s wrong,” says Shingoose, who is Anishinabek and comes from the Cote First Nation. “We’re still apprehending children because of poverty.”
Today he’s one of many calling on Canadians to move beyond notions of neglect rooted in racist, colonial ways of thinking and doing.