"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.