Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Initiatives of Change Canada presents a further session of

Circles on Indigenous Worldviews - From Residential School to Sixties Scoop! 

Guest Speaker: Kimberley Joy

Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:30pm ET, 5:30pm MT, 4:30pm PT

Please join the Circle and hear the stories. We know that telling and hearing stories is part of the healing process for everyone. We also know that real societal change will be driven by younger generations, who need to hear these stories, so we encourage you to consider sharing this invitation with others in your family.

“At birth my Mom and I had a 50/50 chance of survival. The preacher approached my Dad and asked, ‘If there is a choice which one would you rather save?’ My Dad’s response was ‘Save them both!’”  Kimberley Joy

So began the life of Kim. Kim is from the Oneida Nation of The Thames. Oneida is one of the Six Nations Confederacy. Oneida means 'People of the Standing Stone'.  Her Indigenous name is 'Gow wee nit' which means 'Putting things in place'.  When she was around age 5, Kim was sent to Residential School until the age of 12.  From there she became a child of Family and Children’s Services and part of the ‘Sixties Scoop’ until the age of 18 years.

The “Sixties Scoop” refers to the large-scale removal or “scooping” of Indigenous children from their homes, communities and families of birth through the 1960s, and their subsequent adoption into predominantly non-Indigenous, middle-class families across the United States and Canada. This experience left many adoptees with a lost sense of cultural identity. The physical and emotional separation from their birth families continues to affect adult adoptees and Indigenous communities to this day. Wikipedia.

A mother of six children (5 living), Kim has overcome much trauma, abuse and negative effects in her life, to become a strong believer in the Creator. She asks daily that the ‘Great Creator watches over each and every one I have encountered in my lifetime on this earth’.

It took Kim over five decades to understand that what she endured at the hands of others was not her fault, and she has found that sharing her experience helps both her and others.

The event will be a maximum of 90 minutes with Q&A.

• Please register in advance for this event HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting.

• Circles on Indigenous Worldviews is a volunteer driven initiative sponsored by Initiatives of Change Canada. You can help us run future Circles by giving what you can on CanadaHelps.

Watch for more events in our series Circles on Indigenous Worldviews in 2023, as part of IofC Canada’s commitment to promote learning and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

For reference: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sixties-scoop.

Separating children from parents - The Sixties Scoop in Canada https://youtu.be/_nmd6HXKXYU