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Policy Baby: The Journey of Rita/Bev

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Special Co-Host William Annett
Bev Jones is from Keeseekoowenin, a First Nations reserve in western Manitoba. Apprehended at two months of age and put into foster care with a non-native family, she was returned to the reserve when she was six. Dislocated from her family and without a native tongue, she suffered abuse; she was then uprooted again and returned to her foster home. She spent years in a state of dislocation between two cultures, without solid roots in either one. Today she is a social worker and riveting storyteller in her mid-forties, who coined the term “policy baby” to encapsulate her all-too-common story of dislocation and loss. In Canada, it is estimated that in the 1950s and 60s alone, over 16,000 Aboriginal children were disconnected from their families in this way. This is the story of two cultures and two histories and how Bev Jones was able to thread a pathway across extremely unstable ground to reconnect with her roots and heal