Aug 01 2008
We were welcomed warmly into Six Nations Haudenoshaunee territory, home of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscorora, by Ken and Rhonda Maracle. Ken is Cayuga Deer Clan and a well respected Wampum maker/teacher who has travelled throughout Canada teaching students in University how Wampums are used to reflect politics and treaties.
Larry Longboat, Manager of Child and Family Services for Six Nations illustrated the services that Six Nations provides compared to the apprehension that CAS provides on Six Nations. Although Six Nations provides family outreach and five times the services when compared to CAS they are doing so with 55% of what CAS the provincial body is doing.
We also celebrated a variety of Aboriginal cultures reflected at the Grand River ‘Champion of Champions’ Pow Wow July 26-27, 2008• Chiefswood Tent and Trailer Park, Ohsweken, Ontario.
Kukpi7 Chief Wayne Christian flew from Splatsin Spallumcheen First Nations, BC to Six Nations, ON was welcomed by a camp of children and families who shared their culture through dance, drumming, singing and ceremony. Kukpi7 Chief Wayne Christian continued on our journey with us to Tyendinaga to meet with Patrick Johnston who introduced the term the 60′s Scoop. During the 1960′s, the Children’s Aid Society removed aboriginal children from their families and communities. They either placed them in foster care or adoption them in Canadian homes either outside of their community, or out of province and outside of the country. This is referred as the 60′s Scoop. In the 1980′s Kukpi7 Chief Wayne Christian and Patrick Johnston introduced some of the first data in Canada on the surge of scooping aboriginal children from their families.
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