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Sixties Scoop exhibit at Kamloops Library on June 4

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, visitors can view the travelling exhibit, Bi-Giwen: Coming Home – Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop
Sixties Scoop exhibit
One of the panel displays at the Bi-Giwen: Coming Home: Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop exhibition, as seen when it was on display in Cranbrook on May 11.

A new exhibit is coming to the downtown Kamloops Library, telling the story of the Sixties Scoop and those who survived it.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, visitors can view the travelling exhibit, Bi-Giwen: Coming Home – Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop.

The event is the product of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta, which puts the exhibit on display at various locations around Canada.

Society president Sandra Relling said the exhibit is an opportunity to educate and share the history of Indigenous people in relation to the Sixties Scoop.

The exhibit includes 12 personal testimonials and stories of those who taken from their parents, families and communities by governments across Canada, facing abuse, mistreatment and neglect.

According to the First Nations and Indigenous Studies at UBC, the term “Sixties Scoop” was coined by Patrick Johnston, author of the 1983 report Native Children and the Child Welfare System. It refers to the mass removal of Aboriginal children from their families into the child welfare system, in most cases without the consent of their families or bands.