The Sixties Scoop Network has launched an innovative mapping project for survivors. In Our Own Words: Mapping the Sixties Scoop Diaspora is a Geographic Information Mapping platform to help 60’s scoop survivors share their stories, visualize their geographical displacements and to collect data on where survivors were taken from and subsequently displaced. The project is aimed to support survivors in finding and reconnecting with family members and accessing services and support resources.
Sixties Scoop Survivor Colleen Hele-Cardinal spoke with Canadian Geographic about her dream of creating a map that would document the individual displacement stories of the Indigenous children taken away from their families in the mid-20th century. Finally the interactive map is live, with a shocking criss-cross of lines spanning the world.
For more information read the 60s Scoop Map background (PDF) and check out the ‘In Their Own Words: An Interactive Map Shares the Stores of Sixties Scoop Survisors’ Canadian Geographic article.