Mark's story


"​At 5 years of age, I was taken from my mother for the first time. I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know what it would mean for the life that would follow. Through the Not My Scoop project, I want to revisit my story, seek answers to my questions, and explore a way forward for the Indigenous child welfare system in Canada."


- Mark Rutledge



Not My Scoop is a social justice campaign including a feature-length documentary under development for the CBC, interactive digital media and educational components.


Its intention is to encourage more understanding of the Indigenous experience in Canada, particularly the impact of the child welfare system. 


In Canada, 52.2% of children in foster care are Indigenous, but account for only 7.7% of the child population according to Census 2016. This means 14,970 out of 28,665 foster children in private homes under the age of 15 are Indigenous.

The first five Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission relate to child welfare.

The 'Not My Scoop' campaign is answering the call and setting out to create better understanding of Canada's Indigenous child welfare system.

How did we get here?

What does it look like?

Where do we go from from here?



This project is led by Traolach Ó Murchú and Mark Rutledge who are both based in Whitehorse, Yukon.


For more information or to get involved, please email

Mä̀hsi’ cho [] Kwä̀nä̀schis

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