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Three people who were taken away from their families as toddlers, told their stories today at the Dauphin Friendship Centre. 

 

Members who were involved in the 60's scoop from the Indigenous Adoptees Movement talked about what I-AM's mission and goal is, what the 60's scoop was, and told their emotional stories about their life being adopted into a non aboriginal family.

Skip Gagnon, director of I-AM says, they are a resource for people who were involved with the 60's scoop.

"We are the only resource in Manitoba that provides services for the 60's scoop adoptees."
 
The 60's scoop refers to the Canadian practice, beginning in the 1960's and continuing until the late 1980's, of apprehending unusually high numbers of children of Aboriginal peoples in Canada and fostering or adopting them out, usually into non aboriginal families.
 
Donna Glover, who's part of I-AM says being part of this organization, she hopes through her experience she can help others in their journey in finding their biological family.
 
"As an adoptee you can share your experience, and you have an understanding as to what others are going through." 
 
May 15th is Indigenous Adoptees Day in rememberance of all the children that were taken as the result of the 60’s Scoop. I-AM asks that you wear a purple t-shirt as a commemorative to the 60’s Scoop children. 
 
The organization started up back in the summer of 2015.