The settler scoop: Dale C. Spencer, ‘Extraction and pulverization: a narrative analysis of Canada scoop survivors’, Settler Colonial Studies, 2016
Abstract: This article is focuses on transracial Indigenous adoption, or what has come to be known in the Canadian context as the ‘Sixties Scoop’ or the ‘Canada scoop’, and its devastating effects on survivors’ lives. While there is some acknowledgement of the sheer number of forced Indigenous transracial adoptions in Canada in the twentieth century, there is very little understanding of the effects of adoption practices on indigenous adoptee childhood and adult lives. Drawing from scholarship on violence, narrative, and embodiment, I focus on the change of identity, the forms of violence related to, and the devastating effects of the Canada scoop on survivors. Drawing on two Canada scoop survivor’s accounts of their adoption and broader life histories, I probe how the violence of forced adoption is weaved into their past, present, and future.
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