Q&A: Fassi on his upbringing, injury and ambitions

first_imgQ&A: Fassi on his upbringing, injury and ambitions 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Buzz TreatmentRemember Grace Jones? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowBuzz Treatment|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo Posted in Features, Top headlines ‘ Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on February 12, 2021 Post by Craig Lewis ‘ ‘  203  13 SumabisThis Is What Happens To Your Body If You Sleep With Socks OnSumabis|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ After an injury-disrupted end to a tumultuous 2020, Sharks fullback Aphelele Fassi is looking to make up for lost time.ALSO READ: What’s in our latest issue?Subscribe hereYou were in top form before Super Rugby was suspended, then suffered a serious shoulder injury. How do you reflect on the ups and downs of the year?It was an interesting year for me, going to New Zealand and Australia, playing top teams over there and feeling so comfortable in the way I could express myself and put my name out there. It really felt good. And when we came back, we played the Jaguares, and that was also a fantastic outcome for us.  But when the virus hit us and rugby had to be suspended it felt like something had been taken away from you and you could do nothing about it, it’s something that you have no control over. Post-lockdown, when I got injured, was another very frustrating time. Not being able to train or play; I was in a dark place, but I’m just so grateful to have the family that I have and a team who were very supportive, taking care of me in all manner of ways, just doing anything that would make me happy and that I was not alone. The injury was very challenging, though, because it’s the first long-term injury that I’ve had. It has really made me very, very hungry to play and to actually achieve things that I never thought I would. I just want to play more and get the game time I need.Speaking of your family, tell us about your upbringing and introduction to rugby.I have three sisters and two brothers and mom and dad. When I started playing rugby, it was just backyard sport with my brothers. We played practically every sport from cricket to rugby to soccer. I think I took rugby a bit more seriously than the others but really only at a later stage in my life. I started loving rugby probably at the age of 14 or 15, when I wanted to know a lot more about it. I used to watch a lot of Super Rugby when I was younger and I would try to analyse it, try to put myself in that situation and then think what I would have done. I think that’s when my love for the game started to grow, day after day, probably repeating the same thing, just analysing and then putting myself in those shoes.The game seems to come naturally to you. Does it?I wouldn’t say it did immediately, but I do feel that having my brothers around and tossing a ball about at a very young age, you tend to grow up and learn sooner. It helps to have that background when you then go to school. That’s the one thing that really helped me … And in general, I think the biggest influence on me was my dad. He was there at every game that I played, supporting me through my injuries, supporting me through games that I never thought it would be easy – tough games. He was there for me in everything I did.There are YouTube videos showing you excelling in different positions at Dale College. How do you reflect on that time?It was fantastic. I really enjoyed my rugby there. The coaching staff encouraged everyone to just enjoy playing rugby because this is school rugby; you shouldn’t put pressure on yourself. They said I should just go out there and play in different positions. I even played at centre. That’s what I really liked about high school rugby, you can explore and try different things. In grade 11 I made my decision that fullback was my first choice, although in matric I was still more than willing to play anywhere the coach wanted me to play. Then, the first year at the Sharks was interesting because I played on the right wing. I’d never played on there before and it was quite a different experience in the sense that there are a lot of things that you’ve got to work on at once. Yet playing different positions has helped me grow as a player, and made me think twice about what the other person in that position is thinking. What was key to you progressing so quickly into the Sharks senior side.I honestly never thought that it would happen so quickly. One person who backed me and wanted to see me progress was Dick Muir. He told me that when the opportunity comes, just grab it and give it a go. I always want to improve, and I keep on telling myself that if I really, really want to succeed, then I have to work really hard on my game. I’ve worked on the physical side, and I’ve also worked on my high-ball skills. But the main improvement has been in my ability to understand and to read the game. I’ve come to a realisation that once I have that, I can do whatever I want to do. Do your mould your game around anyone, do you have any role models?When I was younger – and you’ll excuse me for this – I used to look up to Israel Dagg. He was one of the guys who played more or less the same way that I want to play; the way he steps, the way he reads the game, the way he communicated. And fortunately enough, I had an opportunity to chat with him, and he had some good things to say about my game and where I could try to improve.You play in a backline with World Cup winners Makazole Mapimpi, S’bu Nkosi and Lukhanyo Am. How does that inspire you?It certainly does, they’ve all told me one thing that I always keep within me: when things get tough, you should want to learn more and keep pushing yourself. That opportunity comes once, and if you don’t grab it, you might lose it. The culture at the Sharks, both on and off the field, is truly amazing. I think that’s one thing that has made an impact on how pleasant it is at the Sharks and how we play. Everyone wants to see everyone else succeed and to have a good time helping each other. I think that’s one thing we can be proud of, especially with a young squad like this. It’s something that is coming along well.And how would you describe the Sharks’ policy towards transformation, and the ‘I See Colour’ campaign?I think the campaign says that we don’t differentiate between who’s white and who’s black. We’re all the same; we all buy into one thing and we all see each other as equals. As one, basically. When I got involved in that campaign, it was an eye-opener, how we treated each other as one. As I said, that campaign felt like it covered everything that we are trying to build at the Sharks.What are your goals and ambitions?The passion to play for the Boks will always be there, but I feel that for me to get there, I need to be consistent in my performances for the club that I’m playing for. That’s the first thing that comes into play for me, and then to keep improving on the small details in terms of my game and my knowledge. My long-term goal is obviously to play for the Springboks, just like any young South African kid. I will always want to represent my country and I will be working hard towards that. ‘ ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Cavs – Raptors Game Day Notes

first_img Kenny Honaker Related Topics Monday, December 5th, 2016WHEN: 7:30 PM ESTWHERE: @AirCanadaCentre, Toronto, CanadaWATCH: @FOXSportsOHLISTEN: @WMMS 100.7 FM, @wtam1100, La Mega 87.7FM– Cavaliers (13-5, 1st in Central): After their frustrating 111-105 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, the Cavaliers are carrying a three-game losing streak and looking for improvement.Despite their recent set-backs, the Cavaliers are tied with the Raptors atop the Eastern Conference standings.Coming into tonight’s match-up, the Cavs are leading the Eastern Conference in points (110.0 per game, 4th in NBA), three-pointers made (240, 2nd in NBA), and three-point percentage (.389, 2nd in NBA).Tonight, Cavs guard/forward Mike Dunleavy, who has missed Cleveland’s previous two games with a mild concussion as a result of an on-court collision, is expected to make his return to the lineup. Dunleavy’s injury came in Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. After showing concussion-like symptoms on Thursday, Dunleavy was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol program.Tonight’s match-up marks the third of four meetings between Cleveland and Toronto. The Cavs won the first two meetings this season (94-91 on Oct. 28 in Toronto and 121-117 on Nov. 15 in Cleveland). The fourth game is scheduled to be played on April 12th in Cleveland.* Cavaliers projected starting lineup (subject to change) *(PG) Kyrie Irving (6′-3″, 193 lbs)(SG) J.R. Smith (6′-6″, 225 lbs)(SF) LeBron James (6′-8″, 250 lbs)(PF) Kevin Love (6′-10″, 251 lbs)(PF) Tristan Thompson (6′-10″, 238 lbs)* Cavaliers injury report *– (F/C) Mike Dunleavy (concussion): Probable– Raptors (14-6, 1st in Atlantic): Toronto comes into tonight’s match-up with the defending champs as winners in six straight games, including their dominating 128-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Per Elias Sports Bureau, Toronto’s 44 point margin of victory over the Hawks on Saturday night set a new Raptors franchise record. DeMar DeRozan continues to lead the Raptors in scoring. DeRozan, who was selected 9th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft (Toronto), is averaging 27.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per contest. Kyle Lowry leads the Raptors in the assist department. The former Villanova Wildcat stand-out and 24th overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft (Memphis) is averaging 20.4 points, 7.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game. In Saturday’s impressive win over the Hawks, Lowry scored 17 points (6-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers), eight rebounds, eight assists and one block in 31 minutes.Lowry truly has it going as of late, averaging 22.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 4.6 three-pointers on 64 percent shooting over his last five games.In a recent article from ESPN, Lowry was asked if the game against the Cavaliers would provide a test for the Raptors. Lowry replied, saying:“I don’t think it’s a test. You all asked me that the first game of the season that we played them. I think it’s just another regular-season game for us and a team that we always want to be better than. But we want to be better than every team in the NBA at the end of the day.”Jonas Valanciunas, who was selected 5th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft (Toronto), will be cleaning the glass for the Raptors. Coming into tonight’s bout with the defending champs, the Lithuanian big man is averaging 12.6 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game.* Raptors projected starting lineup (subject to change) *(PG) Kyle Lowry (6′-1″, 196 lbs)(SG) DeMar DeRozan (6′-7″, 219 lbs)(SF) DeMarre Carroll (6′-8″, 215 lbs)(PF) Patrick Patterson (6′-9″, 230 lbs)(C) Jonas Valanciunas (7′-0″, 265 lbs)* Raptors injury report *– (PG) Delon Wright (shoulder): Out– (PF) Jared Sullinger (foot): Out* All stats and information via www.basketball-reference.com, www.rotoworld.com, www.nba.com, www.espn.com, Elias Sports Bureau, and The Associated Press *last_img read more

Spain leave it late but Pique comes up with winner

first_img The quality of openings improved after the break, but the quality of finishing did not. Roman Hubnik almost scored an own goal, but was saved by the post, while David Silva wanted too many touches when released by Nolito.  13/06/2016 Vicente del Bosque’s side dominated their opening match in Toulouse, camping in their opposition’s half for the majority of the 90 minutes, but it looked like the breakthrough was not going to arrive.  CEST Sport EN Juventus’ Alvaro Morata missed two good chances in a goalless first half.  Spain are bidding to become the first side to win the tournament three times in a row – no other side has even won it twice in a row – and the pre-match debate focused around who would start in goal.  Minutes before that the Manchester City man had curled a great chance wide from the edge of the area, while substitute Aritz Aduriz’s acrobatic effort flashed inches wide of the post.  The Barcelona defender, who was booed by sections of La Roja’s support during qualifying for the finals, sprinted away to celebrate the dramatic winner in front of the travelling Spanish contingent. However, in the 87th minute, man of the match Andres Iniesta picked up a pass from Pedro, jinked inside and plonked the ball on Pique’s head.  Led by Iniesta, Spain dominated possession in their usual manner, but they were wasteful in front of goal – the lack of a quality striker is perhaps one of their biggest concerns.  Spain left it late but got their defence of the European Championships off to a winning start thanks to Gerard Pique’s late header against Czech Republic.  Del Bosque went for David de Gea over Iker Casillas in the end, despite the Manchester United stopper being implemented in a sexual assault case on Friday, something he denied, although, in truth, he could have played Sergio Rico and it wouldn’t have mattered.  Upd. at 23:40 Just when it seemed Spain’s time was running out, though, Iniesta provided the spark they’d been lacking and Pique delivered the finish.last_img read more

Marshfield boys hockey blanked at Wisconsin Rapids

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWISCONSIN RAPIDS — The Marshfield boys hockey team was shut out for the second time in three games, losing 6-0 to Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday night at the South Wood County Recreation Arena.Six different Raiders scored in the victory as Wisconsin Rapids improves to 14-4-1 and 8-2 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference.Marshfield falls to 7-13 and 1-8 in the conference with three games remaining. The Tigers’ next game is Feb. 5 at home against Merrill. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.Haydon Roy-Peterson had 50 saves for the Tigers as Wisconsin Rapids dominated play. The Tigers had just four shots on goal.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Raiders 6, Tigers 0Wisconsin Rapids 2 2 2 – 6Marshfield 0 0 0 – 0First period: 1. WR, Grant Scharmer (Casey Esselman, Sam Storlie), 7:06; 2. WR, Esselman, 9:45.Second period: 3. WR, Jared Sawyer (Tyler Blaes, Esselman), 6:32; 4. WR, Tanner Case (Logan Conkey), 15:31.Third period: 5. WR, Colton Capelle, 3:21; 6. WR, Conkey (Cody Kohls), 10:49.Saves: M, Haydon Roy-Peterson 50; WR, Tyler Werne 4.Records: Marshfield 7-13, 1-8 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wisconsin Rapids 14-4-1, 8-2 WVC.last_img read more

Cheaper internet for SA

first_imgSouth Africans are tipped to access affordable internet.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)Broadband pundits are predicting internet connection rates in South Africa to drop by between 20% and 25% in the next 12 months. Most of the executives who spoke at the My Broadband conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on 20 October forecast that prices will drop significantly in the next year, citing new infrastructure developments and escalating competition in the industry.Broadband wholesaler and network operator Neotel forecast price cuts of about 20%. Underwater cable operator Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani said they expect international rates to drop by between 20% and 25%.South Africans who are connected to networks are now using more broadband, a trend that’s a plus to the growth of the young industry.  “You’ll see costs dropping in the next 12 months. People are using more bandwidth,” said communications company Telkom’s managing executive Steve Lewis.Since the introduction of the Eassy and Seacom fibre optic cables, rates are said to have come down by about 40%. Eassy came online this year, while Seacom has been operational since 2009.“It’s great to see that prices have come down,” said Ryan Sher of Eassy. “There’s now more competition,” he added.“As an industry we’ve been keen to bring down prices,” said Sameer Dave of mobile provider MTN.There has certainly been an upsurge of mobile internet usage across the country. More and more South Africans now have Facebook accounts. Thousands of youngsters use Mxit and other chat sites. This is a prevailing trend even in rural areas where broadband connectivity is limited, and is aided by a range of data packages offered by all of South Africa’s mobile networks.“Prices are coming down, it’s a continuous evolution,” said mobile operator Vodacom’s CEO Pieter Uys.A great number of South Africans are currently without access to broadband connectivity. Of the estimated population of 47-million, between one and four million are said to be connected. This is blamed on inaccessibility to fibre optic networks in many areas, and excessively high rates for both internet service providers and consumers.“Local tariffs are still high, they have to drop,” said Uys.Infrastructure being improvedMobile service provider Cell C has embarked on a campaign to broaden its HSPA+ 900 network across the country. It’s already covered most of Port Elizabeth, where it started in September, and is aiming to have 34% of the country on the network by the end of 2010, with 64% connectivity by 2011.“We’re really serious about bringing the internet to the 45-million have-nots,” said Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt.The provider’s services have become the fastest in South Africa at 5.23 Mbps, surpassing other internet service providers including Telkom, Mweb, Vodacom, MTN and Internet Solutions. “Cell C is number one in terms of speed,” said Reichelt.He predicts that South Africa’s broadband capacity will improve within the next 12 months. “The amount of fibre that we have coming up is unbelievable. It is good news and we have to be smart about embracing it.”The West Africa Cable System fibre optic infrastructure is scheduled to go live by mid-2011. The 14 000km-long submarine network is predicted to be the next most exciting broadband connectivity development for Africa.Vodacom’s Uys said the group has also improved its infrastructure, having replaced all their equipment in Johannesburg over the last 18 months.The state-owned Broadband Infraco will launch in the third week of November, opening its fibre optic network for usage by internet service providers, which include the likes of Vodacom, Cell C, iBurst, MTN and a range of others. Infraco is focused on widening connectivity to provinces that are currently underserved.DOC and Icasa urgedThe industry called on the Department of Communications and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to play more decisive roles in regulating the telecommunications industry. “We need a strong DoC and a strong Icasa,” said John Holdsworth, CEO of telecoms group ECN.Icasa “should stand up and take control” over the current 89 cents charged for interconnection between mobile networks, Holdsworth said. “The interconnection rate is too high.”Internet rates in South Africa remain high compared to that of many countries, despite recent industry developments.8.ta bringing competitionIntroduced on 18 October, Telkom’s new mobile network 8.ta promised to “disrupt” the telecommunications industry. 8.ta became the fourth mobile network operator in South Africa, thereby increasing competition.Like the three other network operators, MTN, Vodacom and Cell C, 8.ta is also offering data services. Industry analysts have predicted tough times ahead as the new network attempts to penetrate the market, given that Cell C, which became a third mobile network operator in 2001, is yet to reach its maximum customer base.Virgin Mobile relies completely on Cell C’s network, therefore isn’t considered a mobile network operator but a units reseller.Telkom is confident of the network’s prospects. “We really believe this will succeed,” said Lewis.The network already enjoys a nationwide connectivity through its 800 new base stations. Telkom also signed agreements with Vodacom and MTN’s to roam on their infrastructure. “We’re starting to disrupt the market,” Lewis said.He added that they want to make broadband more affordable.More competition is good for consumers, the experts agreed. “We embrace competition. It’s good for everybody, for us and the consumers,” said Uys.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humbling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humblingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Mo Diame says the away fans deserved better after their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.Newcastle have not won at Liverpool since 1994 in the top flight but even with their side four goals down the fans still backed the players.Diame was taken aback by their support, and told the Evening Chronicle: “It showed how amazing they are and it shows how loyal the fans are.“We know as players we are at a massive club but it is massive because of them.“They are showing this week-in, week-out.“We just want to thank them and apologise for the result.” last_img

Organizers wonder how big crowds will get for Winnipeg Jets street party

first_imgWINNIPEG – At first, it was just a few thousand people braving the cold to cheer on the Winnipeg Jets in a street party.Then the numbers grew. And, with each game, the crowd got bigger.Organizers say that by Game 5 of the first round of the NHL playoffs — which the Jets won against the Minnesota Wild — almost 20,000 people had gathered in the street outside Bell MTS Place to cheer, watch the game on big screens and be entertained by DJs.Playoff fever has fully erupted in a city that had been starved of an NHL playoff victory for two decades.“The patience as a fan base … has created this enormous sense of pent-up excitement to explode and let it all out,” says Darren Ford, who led a grassroots campaign to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg after the first Jets franchise left for Phoenix in 1996.The new version of the Jets came to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011. They made the playoffs in 2015 but were swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round.This time, the team shows a lot more promise and fans have come out in droves, dressing all in white for a ritual known as The Whiteout.For one couple, getting married didn’t keep them from joining in. Eddie Bartlett and Rebecca Hiscock joined the frenzy for Game 5 of the series against Minnesota. They wanted to take wedding pictures at the street party. They talked their wedding photographer into it.The bride’s white gown was a natural fit.“We said, ‘OK … what a chance we have to get a perfect picture,’” Bartlett said.“We just went there to get one picture and all of a sudden, an hour later, we were still there.”Fans surrounded the couple and took pictures which were quickly posted to social media sites.“Everyone was so excited to see us and … no one believed that it was our actual wedding day,” said Hiscock.All the excitement has organizers wondering how big the crowds will get if the Jets continue to do well in their playoff run, especially now that warmer weather has arrived. The second round against the Nashville Predators begins Friday.More street sections have had to be blocked off, more big screens have been put up. Police have said there have been virtually no problems so far, aside from a small number of people arrested for public intoxication.Organizers, who have also set up a family-friendly, no-alcohol zone for each street party, say they are prepared to expand further to accommodate growing crowds.“We’ll continue to tweak that every time we have a game,” said Dayna Spiring, president of Economic Development Winnipeg.“We’re going to continue to expand as we need to and we’ll see what the demand is.”For Ford, the sellout crowd inside the arena and the large crowd outside are proof that the city, a small population base by NHL standards, is a big market when it comes to the national game.“This is our sport.”last_img read more

Sixties Scoop left heart wrenching legacy for Métis families too

first_img(Senator, Elder Nora Cummings at her home in Saskatoon. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Social Services never bothered Cummings or her children again after that encounter although her sister wasn’t as fortunate – she had five of her children taken away and adopted out.“We never knew what happened to them,” Cummings tells me. “We lost track and when my sister got her life together she went back into court and they wouldn’t give back her children. They refused, even with all the support she had from her family.”Her sister never recovered from the loss and when she passed away, Cummings made a promise to their mother that she would find all of the children that were scooped.In the years that followed she began to lead a growing resistance of Métis women and families seeking to put an end to the AIM campaign once and for all.(Senator, Elder Nora Cummings rests her hand on a Métis sash. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) “We told them, you have to take these ads away,” Cummings says. “So we did, we stopped that, we got that stopped. We got them to stop taking children over the border. And we had good support, we were in the communities and everyone was organizing and our women were very vocal because we had to be. We had to be vocal and radical in a sense because women weren’t respected.”Cummings also managed to keep her promise and was eventually able to track down all of her sister’s children that were scooped. And while it may not have been the reunion that she had imagined, Cummings says that they are rebuilding their relationship one day at a time.“For me, my sister and I were very close and our children were very close together,” she tells me. “And now they don’t have that connection and that saddens me. We’re kind of strangers and we’re still working on that relationship. You know people don’t understand, it doesn’t only affect the parents, it affects the whole family.” To get a better understanding of how the AIM program came about and the impact it had on the Sixties Scoop, I travelled to the University of Regina to meet with historian Allyson Stevenson.As a Métis adoptee, Stevenson has a personal experience with Saskatchewan’s child welfare system. She wasn’t scooped but was voluntarily given up for adoption by her birth mother.“Initially, being a Métis adoptee is what drew me in to understanding the Sixties Scoop,” Stevenson tells me from the Aboriginal Students Centre on the U of R campus. “I recognize the experience and continue to be deeply engaged in issues around social justice in regards to the child welfare system.”(University of Regina historian Allyson Stevenson. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Stevenson says that in order to understand how the Sixties Scoop came about in Canada and how it was allowed to thrive for decades afterwards, you have to understand the racism and prejudices that Indigenous people faced on a daily basis.“There was a century of racial bias on the part of many non-Indigenous families in Saskatchewan, in Canada.” Stevenson says. “It’s no secret that First Nations and Métis people were perceived as less than white. White supremacy was very common in Canada.”The official reasons that were given for having children taken from families are eerily similar to today – poverty, poor housing, addictions and family break up being some of the most common.As for the AIM program itself, Stevenson says that it was strictly to advertise First Nations and Métis children as needing families and as detached from their home communities.(AIM Advertisement. Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon Star Phoenix) “The narratives were meant to ease any anxieties around Indigenous identities or racialized fears that Canadians, non-Indigenous people might have about taking children in,” Stevenson said.“The children would be dressed in very middle class attire and the descriptions would play up their desirability. For girls they would be described as very loving or very quiet, likes to play with dolls. For boys it would be, fun little guy, likes to play with cars and so on,” she adds.Watch: AIM Commercial. Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan  Cullen CrozierAPTN InvestigatesI meet up with Robert Doucette at the University of Saskatchewan Archives in Saskatoon. He’s running late because he has to drop his daughter off at school, it’s something the 56-year-old father of four takes great pride in.“Family is the most important thing to me,” he tells me. “And I think, within our own communities, that has always been the most important thing. That’s why they targeted it.” (Winnipeg Free Press) Doucette’s name was the first to pop up when I began researching Métis Sixties Scoop survivors for an upcoming documentary I’m producing for APTN Investigates.As the former president of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, he has been very vocal about the treatment of Métis survivors over the years.“We’re the ‘just wait’ tribe, the ‘just wait’ Aboriginals,” Doucette says. “And I’m educated enough and motivated enough and strong enough to say, I’m not accepting ‘just wait.’ None of us should. Just deal with the issue.”Classes have just started back up for the semester and the campus is alive with students going about their daily routines as we slowly make our way down a number of hallways before eventually descending into the archives.(Robert Doucette in the University of Saskatchewan Archives. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Doucette spends a lot of time in libraries and archives like this one, going through boxes of old documents and files, slowly scanning hundreds of feet of microfiche, trying to find answers to questions about his past.“You can see that, from the documents I’ve read and the research that I’ve done, that the goal since day one, of both of these governments is to assimilate and to integrate Aboriginal people, Métis and First Nations people into what they believe,” says Doucette. “They didn’t take any time to try and understand our cultures.”Like many children of his generation, Doucette is a victim of the Sixties Scoop – an archaic nation-wide adoption strategy that saw tens of thousands of Canadian Indigenous children removed from their families and placed in non-Indigenous homes.(McKay family photo, Buffalo Narrows Saskatchewan circa 1960. Photo courtesy: Robert Doucette) Doucette was apprehended by child welfare workers from his home community of Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan in 1962 – he was only four months old.His biological mother, Dianne McKay, was just 15 years old when he was born and while his immediate family was more than willing to take care of the newest addition to the family – social services had other ideas.“So you have a 15-year-old, unwed Métis girl in the middle of a northern Saskatchewan forest with a baby boy and seemingly, according to their belief, no support system,” Doucette recalls. “They didn’t understand the extended family system, my auntie, my mushom and kokum were all there to help.”To this day, neither Doucette nor his biological mother have ever been given a reason why he was taken away.(Robert Doucette, photo taken shortly after he was scooped in 1962. Photo courtesy: Robert Doucette) While each province developed their own policies regarding the adoption of Indigenous children during the height of the Sixties Scoop, Saskatchewan had a somewhat uncommon approach – they hired an advertising agency to help sell the idea to the public. The program was called Adopt Indian Métis or AIM.“The AIM program has had a devastating impact on our communities and now we are having to deal with that,” Doucette tells me as he pulls out a file folder thick with old AIM newspaper clippings he has collected over the years. “They’ve done a real number on a lot of families and caused a lot of harm and now it’s our generation that has to try and pick up the pieces and raise our families the best that we can.”(Newspaper advertisements for the Adopt Indian and Métis Program, late 1960s, Saskatchewan.) The AIM campaign was simple yet extremely effective.Beginning in 1967, the pilot program was funded by both the federal and provincial governments who wasted no time inundating residents of Saskatchewan with public service announcements, newspaper advertisements and television and radio spots – all meant to stimulate the public interest in transracial adoption.Watch: Cyril MacDonald – Saskatchewan’s Minister of Welfare 1967 (Senator, Elder Nora Cummings holding an AIM advertisement. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) The government policies that led to the administration of the Sixties Scoop were discontinued in the mid-1980s. In the years that followed, multiple lawsuits were filed against the Government of Canada by the survivors.On October 6, 2017 an $875 million settlement was announced for First Nations and Inuit victims. Métis and non-status survivors have been excluded from the agreement.(Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations announcing settlement.)Before leaving Saskatoon to begin work on the documentary, I pay a final visit to Robert Doucette at his small suburban townhome.He lays out a number of family photo albums for me to look at, many of which show him with his adoptive family, the Doucette’s in Duck Lake Saskatchewan, where he was raised.One of the photos shows a class of dozens of smiling youngsters with Doucette off to the side, head cocked at an awkward angle to the right – the result, he tells me later, of a hasty forceps delivery that permanently damaged the nerves in his neck.(Elementary School photo. Robert Doucette middle row, far right. Photo: Robert Doucette) Another shows Doucette at his adoptive sister’s wedding. Again he is seen standing off to the side, seemingly uncomfortable in his own skin.(Doucette family wedding. Robert Doucette far left. Photo courtesy: Robert Doucette) “Basically we thought we were white,” Doucette remembers. “But yet we’re being called chief and Indian, right? So it really plays a role in how you view yourself and as I got older it became more intense, the racism and the ugliness.”But it’s that history and shared experience that has led Doucette to help other Sixties Scoop survivors at various sharing circles throughout Saskatchewan. The stories are usually very painful but Doucette says that it’s all part of the healing process.“In some of these homes, the children were used as slave labour on farms,” Doucette recalls. “One gentleman told me that they were lined up just like cattle and they would look at their teeth and their eyes and inspect them like they were animals and then point out which ones they wanted.”Doucette closes the photo albums and carefully places them back on the shelf.“These are the stories that a lot of non-Indigenous Canadians have never heard,” he finishes. “And it shocks them.”After hearing all these stories and seeing for myself the pain behind them, I’m thinking they should be [email protected]@CullenCroziercenter_img (Dr. Jacqueline Maurice. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Maurice suggested we meet at the Batoche National Historic Site just outside of Saskatoon because of the significance the battlefield holds for the Métis people. I arrive an hour early and find that she is already there waiting for me.She greats me with an apprehensive smile and presents me with a small medicine bag filled with stones and sage as a token of her appreciation for me covering her story. It’s a gift that I humbly accept.Like most of the survivors that I spoke with, Maurice had a very devastating experience with the Sixties Scoop. She was taken right at birth from Meadow Lake Union Hospital and made a permanent ward of the government. She was never registered for adoption and as a result grew up in the child welfare system.(Only known photo of Jackie Maurice as a child. At three years of age, she had already been through nine foster homes. Photo courtesy: Dr. Jacqueline Maurice) “At age four, I was in a holding area, kind of in a warehouse area at Dale’s House in Regina,” she tells me. “Dale’s house at that time was a juvenile delinquents centre. So I often ask, what is a three-and-a-half, almost four year old child, young girl doing in a juvenile delinquent centre? And that was my first recollection and memory of being sexually assaulted.”Maurice would spend the next decade being bounced around from foster home to foster home, never finding the love and support of a family that she desperately longed for. By the age of 15, she had already made a number of attempts on her young life.“I was just so devastated after my final and 14th foster home that I didn’t know where to turn to,” Maurice recalls, holding back tears. “And no young person in their life should be faced with that decision. I want to make that clear. So from that age on, I literally had the backing of no family. Not that I had family in my life anyway.”(Dr. Jacqueline Maurice. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Maurice ended up on the streets. She was forced to lie about her age in order to get a part-time job to put a roof over her head. She spent the next few years trying to drown her past in a bottle.“I was at all those crossroads,” she continues. “Jails, institutions, death, alcohol, self-destruction, hitting the streets, violence, you name it. Because I was not only family-less but when you grow up in the system, you’re pretty much homeless in a lot of respects.”Maurice eventually found the strength to turn her life around. She put herself through university, achieving a PhD in social work. She even wrote a book, “The Lost Children: A Nation’s Shame” chronicling her life caught up in the child welfare system.“We often say that it takes a whole village to raise a child.” Maurice says. “And in terms of my own health and wellbeing I had to learn to let it go and draw strength from the positives and really step into the spirit of forgiveness.”(The Lost Children: A Nation’s Shame by Dr. Jacqueline Maurice)While Maurice was eventually able to come to terms with her past, other survivors weren’t as fortunate.By the time the 1970s rolled around the AIM program was well established in Saskatchewan. Provincial statistics showed that the program was a success and that the number of Indigenous children adopted out to non-Indigenous homes was on the rise.But with all of the new found attention also came notoriety.(A 1975 Government of Saskatchewan adoption services poster) As the AIM program reached its height of success, the Métis community also began to take notice. Grassroots organizations like the Métis Society of Saskatoon began to demand that Indigenous children be returned to their families or, at the very least, be adopted out into Indigenous homes.It’s was a turning point in history that Senator and Elder Nora Cummings remembers all too well.“This is Canada for God’s sakes,” she says. “This is our home and we’re treated like a Third World country.”Cummings invites me up to her small apartment on the outskirts of Saskatoon. She answers the door with a warm smile and offers me tea and bannock.(A touch of Métis hospitality. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Cummings is something of a legendary figure within Saskatchewan’s Métis community and at 80 years of age she isn’t afraid to speak her mind.“I would have died before I let them take my children,” she tells me. “And you know, I was blessed that I had all of my children.”Cummings never had any of her children taken during the Sixties Scoop – but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. She still remembers the day that she was sent to meet with a director for the department of Social Services in Saskatoon.“He had his feet up on the desk,” she remembers. “And he said, ‘we’ll maybe let you keep two oldest, we’ll take the twins and take the baby when it’s born.’ And I got really upset, very emotional, I said, those are my children that you’re talking about, and nobody’s going to take my children or my unborn child.”Cummings tells me her story with such passion and intensity, that I can only imagine how the social worker must have felt – like an unruly child being given the scolding of a lifetime.“And let me tell you something else,” she continues. “If you send a social worker to my house, they’re not going to walk out of the house with my children, they’re not going to walk out. And I said if you think I’m kidding, you try me.” To this day it’s still not known how many Indigenous children were victims of the Sixties Scoop.From the late 1950s to the mid-1980s it’s estimated that more than 20,000 Indigenous children were scooped up from their families and home communities and fostered or adopted out into non-Indigenous homes. But even those numbers are considered conservative.It’s just one of many unanswered questions that survivors like Dr. Jacqueline Maurice want answered.“Being a child of the sixties scoop, it’s like I was ready to die of a broken heart,” says Maurice. “It’s such a loss, it’s like the loss of a limb that can never be replaced.”last_img read more