A GROUP OF DEDICATED MANITOBA ADOPTEES AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PLACED IN FOSTER CARE
The Manitoba Indigenous Adoptees Coalition (MIAC) is a non-profit organization committed to serving as a support forum for Indigenous children who became wards of the Child Welfare system from 1950 to 1990, a phenomenon known as the 60’s Scoop.
Many Indigenous adoptees and people placed in foster care find themselves without support or the ability to reunite with their roots and find a sense of belonging. Others have found their way back but still lack a sense of belonging and support network to assist with their transition.
MIAC’s mission is to provide a safe environment for children to acknowledge the historical trauma that has impacted their lives physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually; and support the children to restore balance by reconnecting with their culture, family and community.
MIAC was created largely in response to Manitoba Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Eric Robinson’s leadership with Healing our Hurt, the March 2014 roundtable discussion on the Sixties Scoop. In May of 2014, some attendees of that roundtable decided to incorporate and host a gathering of Manitoba’s adoptee and foster care community to begin connecting and understanding issues related to the province's Native Child Welfare policies, more specifically, issues related to the 60s scoop. This Gathering follows in the footsteps of other gatherings in Edmonton (Creating Hope Society of Alberta, 2006-2007) and Ottawa (Bi-Giwen Indigenous Adoptees Coalition Gathering, 2014).
Provincially incorporated on September 12, 2014, MIAC will serve as a support forum for children who became wards of Child and Family Services, including the bringing together of adoptees and people placed in care at a Gathering. The Board of Directors is committed to ensuring Indigenous children that were adopted and wards of CFS are reconnected to their cultures, families, and communities. To do this, it will seek to establish ongoing working partnerships to advocate for and obtain culturally-appropriate services and supports for Indigenous people who have suffered historical child abuse, neglect, and cultural disconnect as a result of their experience with the CFS system in Manitoba.
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