ASCS would like to disclaim that an understanding of reconciliation is only one piece of the understanding of current issues and strategies of reconciliation.
ASCS recognizes the role that adoption has historically played in the colonization and marginalization of Indigenous peoples across Saskatchewan and Canada. ASCS places high importance on the rights of Indigenous peoples across Canada and the need to maintain cultural traditions, heritage, and familial ties.
Truth and Reconciliation is defined by the TRC as “part of an overall holistic and comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy” and is a “sincere indication and acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Aboriginal people and the need for continued healing” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2016). The history of adoption in Saskatchewan, particularly the era of what is known as the “60’s Scoop,” is something that the Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan fully acknowledges as a shameful part of Saskatchewan’s past.
ASCS understands and agrees with the TRC’s “profound commitment to establishing new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect [to] forge a brighter future” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2016). We are committed to following the appropriate and necessary protocols to ensure the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples across Canada are respected and maintained for future generations.
The over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in child welfare care has been and continues to be a significant issue in Saskatchewan and across our country. In 2005, Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders came together to develop principles to guide the re-visioning of child welfare services for Aboriginal children in Canada and the United States.