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Premier Notley formally apologizes to '60s Scoop survivors

Last Updated May 28, 2018 at 4:33 pm MST

Grand entry into the legislature before Alberta's historic Sixties Scoop apology. (Government of Alberta)

EDMONTON – Premier Rachel Notley has delivered a formal apology on behalf of Alberta to the survivors of the so-called ’60s Scoop.

Alberta becomes the second province to acknowledge its role and seek to make amends for a dark chapter in Canadian history.

Former Manitoba premier Greg Selinger apologized on behalf of that province in 2015.

From the 1950s to the late 1980s, about 20,000 Indigenous children were seized from their birth families and relocated to non-Indigenous homes, stripping the children of their language, traditions and family ties.

The apprehensions peaked in the 1960s, giving rise to the term ’60s Scoop.

Survivors are still dealing with emotional trauma, which has been compared to that of residential school survivors.