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It has been eight years since Sam McGillivary sued the province of Manitoba for grabbing him in the infamous ’60s Scoop.
It’s been five years since the provincial government filed a statement of defence.
McGillivary is wondering if his tale of childhood sexual abuse and beatings will ever be heard in court.
Court records show the process began with the filing of affidavits Aug. 20, 2007, but there has been no court activity since the province filed its statement of defence Sept. 19, 2011.
'It's not about the money. I'm trying to do this on principle, reaching out to other families'‐ '60s Scoop survivor Sam McGillivary
"There was over 100-plus boys" taken from their homes and placed in foster care, McGillivary said in an interview. "Some have committed suicide, some others have died.
"The province made an offer, 20 grand or something," he said.
"Some of the boys took the money and ran."
The term ’60s Scoop refers to the practice of seizing aboriginal children from their families and placing them in foster homes or adoptions from the 1960s to the 1980s.
McGillivary said he was sexually abused in a foster home in the Grandview area. In one group home, one of the boys murdered the operator’s wife, and it was McGillivary who found her body, he said. He was put to work as a minor on a farm west of Creighton, Sask., the border town with Flin Flon.
Now 53 and looking older than his years, McGillivary says he’s been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He lives in a small apartment in St. Boniface, unable to afford a phone.
The NDP Doer government apologized for the ’60s Scoop, but he’s taken no money, said McGillivary: "Absolutely nothing."
The province won’t comment because the case is before the courts.
McGillivary’s lawyer of record, Norman Rosenbaum, said in an interview Monday he could not predict when the case will come to court.
"We’ve gone through examinations of discovery. We’re in the pre-trial phase, exchanging documents," Rosenbaum said. "We’ve had a psychological assessment report."
The government is seeking information calculating McGillivary’s loss of income, Rosenbaum said.
As a boy, he endured sexual abuse and beatings, McGillivary said. Put into care in the Riding Mountain area, "We were clearing land for farmers, and for cottagers in northern Saskatchewan."
Speaking about the operator of one group home, McGillivary said, "He didn’t care where he beat us, the streets of Dauphin or Roblin."
McGillivary said he’s hitchhiked to Dauphin and Brandon to chase down documents about his case and those of other boys.
"It’s not about the money. I’m trying to do this on principle, reaching out to other families.
"I started a protest on my reserve, Opaskweeyak Cree Nation (near The Pas) in 2003. I spent 10 months in my tent there," he recalled. "I put my tent up here (on the legislature grounds) eight years ago."
McGillivary said he goes to see Rosenbaum regularly, trying to find out why a court case that began eight years ago is still unresolved.