The Yorkton Public Library was the first stop for an exhibit that brought awareness to the Sixties Scoop.
The exhibit was put on by The Legacy of Hope Foundation, which is a national, Indigenous-led charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for more than 19 years. The foundation's goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history, and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System and subsequent Sixties Scoop on Indigenous survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing and Reconciliation.
Adam North Piegan, president of the Legacy of Hope Foundation, talked more about the exhibit.
"We on our a tour of the province of Saskatchewan, bringing the national Sixties Scoop exhibit to various locations as an opportunity to educated Canadians on a dark chapter in Canada's history," he said. "The Sixties Scoop was just an extension of the residential school system in taking the Indian out of the child, and so we were here to create awareness and education Canadians."
North Piegan said that the reception was great.
"We were so excited that in our opening ceremony, we had the Mayor of Yorkton, the local MLA, Staff Sergeant of the RCMP Detachment, the Library Chair. The exhibit has just been flooded, going through the exhibit, so it's been a very good day, and it's actually been a very emotional day for our people in Yorkton that have come through the exhibit."
The exhibit's next stop will be in Regina, but North Piegan said that for more information on the Sixties Scoop to visit their website at legacyofhope.ca.