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Friday, October 7, 2011

First Nations adoptees/Split Feathers

Eric, his brother Chris and his sister Marlene were adopted to New Orleans after their parents were killed. Marlene and her siblings were born in Northern Manitoba near Swan River. Their parents died in an automobile accident. After the accident, Marlene and her two brothers were adopted to an American family in New Orleans, La.  Their biological relatives were told nothing.  Marlene and her siblings were adopted by a family that subjected them to physical and emotional abuse.  No one from Canada ever came to check on them.  Her brother Eric is currently in a LA prison.  Her other other brother Chris is still in the U.S.   Marlene made her way back to Canada and still lives here with her two daughters.   Approximately 3,000 Canadian Aboriginal children were adopted to non-aboriginal homes in the 60s, 70s and early 80s.  The impacts are still being felt today. ARENA WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY FIRST NATIONS ADOPTEES TO BE RELOCATED FROM CANADA TO THE USA.  Eric is now serving a sentence for manslaughter. The family want Eric back in Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence (at the very least!) to be close to his family and friends.

And another Split Feathers video "OUR STORIES: OUR IDENTITIES: Bernice and Me" (By Theresa Archer, Residential School issues and Identity) on youtube.
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