Jay is a survivor of the 70’s adoption scoop in Manitoba and has been living in Toronto for most of his life. Jay grew up in a predominantly white community in the Greater Toronto region. When he met his biological mother in 1990, he went back to his reserve in Manitoba to live and learn the traditional Dakota and Ojibwe teachings, ceremonies, and culture. Jay has studied and partakes in ceremonies with elders from across the country, learning new teachings about his people and the world. He passes his knowledge down to his two sons and daughter. During Jay’s master’s degree placement, he made a small video documenting his adoption experience. He has developed and created the first adoption ceremony in North America at his place of employment, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, where he serves as an Adoption and Permanency Planning Worker. Jay wishes to share part of his adoption story and how the ceremony came to be to other CAS agencies and First Nations child welfare agencies across Turtle Island.
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