Manitoba woman shares her story of reclaiming her traditional Indigenous name
One Manitoba woman is sharing her years-long journey to reclaiming her traditional Indigenous name.
When Sixties Scoop survivor Katherine Strongwind was born in Winnipeg, she was taken from the hospital and placed in a non-Indigenous home. From there, she was given the name of her adoptive family.
“My name was completely changed from my birth name in the adoption. For years, I had that name,” she said in an interview.
In 2019, Strongwind, who is the director of the 60s Scoop Legacy of Canada, decided to reach out to the provincial government to see if it would pay for her to legally change her name to her traditional Indigenous name.