Aboriginal adoptees forced from their families by the Canadian government in the Sixties Scoop are meeting in Winnipeg this weekend to share their experiences and look at ways to heal.
The gathering, dubbed Connecting Our Spirits, brings together a number of survivors to work through the loss and reflect on their experiences. The event began Friday at the University of Winnipeg and runs until Sunday.
Between the 1960s and 1980s, an estimated 20,000 indigenous children were taken from their parents by child-welfare workers and placed with mostly white families across Canada and the United States. As a result, many lost touch with their culture and traditional language.