WINNIPEG – After years of pressure from the adoptees, a judge has granted Sixties Scoop survivors more time to process their settlement eligibility claims. The ruling comes after Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan raised the issue in the House of Commons.
“I had approached Leah for her support in seeking justice for Sixties Scoop survivors/adoptees in the class action settlement," said Katherine Legrange, Director of the 60’s Scoop Legacy of Canada and a Winnipeg Centre resident. "We are so pleased that an extension was provided for some of the applicants in order for survivors/adoptees to establish their claims, given the huge injustices we've already experienced.”
Last week, Gazan wrote letters to the Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller and the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett asking for an extension to the 45-day deadline for adoptees to gather additional information for their claims. This was followed by a pointed question by Gazan to the Prime Minister last week in which she called for an extension and justice for survivors/adoptees.
"I am pleased the Government heeded the call to help adoptees and extend the settlement application date,” said Gazan. “This is a small step and adoptees/ survivors deserve justice. There is no reconciliation in the absence of justice."