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Truth and 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 what's 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.

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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.

All adoptions in Saskatchewan follow the P.R.I.D.E training protocols which focus on fostering and maintaining the cultural identity of the child. Culture and heritage are imperative in building a positive sense of identity and well-being in all children, and is therefore especially important in the adoption of Indigenous children.

The following outlines the premise and goals of P.R.I.D.E training which all potential adoptive parents must complete by order of the Ministry of Social Services:

Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education: P.R.I.D.E

P.R.I.D.E training focuses on five competencies:

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Buffalo: Protecting and Nurturing

Buffalo protect their weakest and youngest members from danger by placing them in the centre of the herd. The strongest in the group surround them for protection.

Butterfly: Development

The butterfly represents the development from infant through adult stages of life. First Nations culture recognizes the developmental needs of children in care and celebrates the transition from one stage of life to another with ceremonies and traditions.

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Ant: Team Building

Ants work together to meet the needs of the group, each doing their task for the benefit of the whole. Team building is necessary for the birth families, foster families, and social service professionals to meet the child's needs.

Wolf: Family Relationships

Wolves live in packs and are very nurturing creatures who value family. This symbol represents the philosophy of supporting the relationships children in care have with their birth families.

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Eagle:Lifetime Relationships

Eagles mate for life. their relationships continue over time. This symbol represents the philosophy of supporting those relationships children in care have for a lifetime.

For more information on P.R.I.D.E and what we at ASCS are doing to ensure the cultural and familial heritage of children in care is appropriately supported, please call us at 306-665-7272 or email resources@adoptionsask.org