“Child of the Government” by Jayli Wolf

Wolf’s beautiful (yet bleak) musical commentary is personal, but the issue is one that goes to the very heart of the nation’s conscience.

From the 1950’s into the 1990’s the Canadian Government & the Catholic Church were responsiblefor taking, or “scooping” more than 20,000 First Nation, Métis and Inuit children from their families and communities;known as The Sixties Scoop. They were placed in foster homes or adopted (accounts of children even being sold)into non-Indigenous families across Canada, the United States, & beyond.

Along with the loss of cultural identity,the government went so far as to change some children’s true ethnicity on file.Many experienced severe sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Jayli’s father was one of these children.”