The Impacts of the Sixties Scoop on First Nations People Essay

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The term “Sixties Scoop,” was created by the writer, Patrick Johnson to describe “the taking of thousands of Native children from their families, communities, and peoples during the 1960s to early 1980s” (Steckley and Cummins, 2008, 274). In the 1960’s, the government generally believed that an extension of child welfare services to reserves would be a practical approach of solving some of the problems on reserves. Although the social services may have had good intentions, “little attention was paid to the effect that extending provincial services would have on Indian families and communities [and there did not appear] to be any concern that provincial services might not be compatible with the needs of Indian communities” (Lloyd 2009). The …show more content…
At this point in time, Aboriginal children throughout Canada as well as the United States and overseas began to be adopted and placed with non-Aboriginal families primarily (Sinclair 2007).
The governmental child welfare system did not require or expect social workers to have training in dealing specifically with Aboriginal children in their communities. For this reason, many social workers who worked in Aboriginal communities were entirely unaware of the Native people’s culture, history and way of life (Hanson). For instance, since they were unfamiliar with Aboriginal extended family parenting practices and shared values, social workers tried to ‘rescue’ Aboriginal children from their families and communities. However, this just caused devastation in the children’s lives as well as in the family’s (Alston-O’Connor 2010). Furthermore, their views on what was constituted as proper care were based on Euro-Canadian values. For example, when government social workers went into the homes of families who had traditional Aboriginal diets of dried game, fish, and berries, they supposed that the children were not being provided for because their fridges and cupboards were not supplied in the usual Euro-Canadian fashion. Moreover, some social workers felt they needed to protect the children from many

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