Saskatchewn Premier Scott Moe made the apology on behalf of the provincial government in the provincial legislative assembly this morning.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe officially apologized to Sixties Scoop survivors in the Regina legislature today.
The sixties scoop occurred decades ago when Indigenous children were wrongfully removed from their families and placed in non-Indigenous adoptive homes throughout the Canada, and the United States.
Approximately 20,000 Indigenous children were wrongfully taken from their families during the twenty-year period between the 1960's and 1980's.
In the speech, Moe said it would be impossible to fully restore what Indigenous families lost, which included disconnection from culture, traditional language, and lifestyle when Indigenous children were placed in non-Indigenous foster homes by government.
As part of the apology, sharing circles occurred in neighboring communities of Prince Albert, Saskatoon and North Battleford among other places to provide some 200 survivors an opportunity to participate and voice their thoughts during the announcement.
Former Premier Brad Wall initially promised the apology on behalf of the Saskatchewan Government on June 24th of 2015.