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Indigenous rights advocates condemn Quebec human rights commission and youth protection – Montreal

Teams advocating for Indigenous rights are decrying a call by the Fee des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) to not examine allegations of systemic racism in youth safety.

In October 2021 the group requested the CDPDJ to research what the teams say is systemic racism at Bathshaw Youth and Household Centres.

Two weeks in the past, they are saying, the CDPDJ refused.

“The (CDPDJ), even when it is aware of that there are practices of systemic racism directed at Indigenous kids and households, doesn’t wish to provoke an investigation,” defined Fo Niemi, government director of the Middle for Analysis-Motion on Race Relations (CRARR).

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That group helps the Native Ladies’s Shelter of Montreal (NWSM) with the grievance.

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Niemi says the CDPDJ investigates solely when there’s a grievance a few particular incident.  The issue with that, he factors out, is that it permits systemic discrimination to persist.

“It fails to supply efficient safety to the Inuit kids and households who’re successfully being discriminated,” he stated, “who’re disadvantaged of the proper to equality in receiving companies.”

NWSM officers warn that systemic racism persists in well being and social companies, together with youth safety.

Nakuset, that group’s government director, recounted an incident one in every of her workers advised her, a few social employee’s remedy of an Indigenous affected person.

“A social employee stated, ‘Oh sure, that exact Inuk mother, she’s pretending she doesn’t converse English, however she’s most likely simply mind useless from ingesting a lot,’” she advised reporters.

“Each week I get extra complaints,” she identified.  “I’ve workers which are in tears once they’re attempting to advocate on behalf of the mothers.”

Two years after Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw girl, died in hospital after recording herself being racially taunted, Indigenous organizations argue extra establishments, like Bathshaw, ought to train Joyce’s precept, a assure that every one Indigenous peoples may have entry to well being and social companies free from discrimination.

“It’s actually all a part of the identical system,” famous Mel Lefebvre, vice-presidentof NWSM’s board.  “You realize “Quebec has an actual lack of want to confess that systemic racism exists.”

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In an announcement the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, the well being board which oversees Bathshaw, stated they tolerate no violence or racism.

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Spokesperson Hélène Bergeron-Gamache wrote, “Since Could 2022, two Indigenous staff have been working for Batshaw centres. One in every of them is a social employee within the service of the appliance of measures and the opposite within the reception and processing of experiences. Additionally they advise the (youth safety) groups on cultural security in our varied applications.

“We had been additionally lucky to have an Aboriginal intern throughout the summer season, who labored on organising actions for younger individuals.  We want to reaffirm that our precedence is to supply all younger individuals below our safety a respectful atmosphere the place they really feel secure in all respects, no matter their origin.”

The Human Rights and Youth Rights Fee additionally issued an announcement and confirmed that they met with the teams Sept. 13 to debate the grievance towards Bathshaw.

Communications director Geneviève Dorais-Beauregard wrote, “Relating to racism and systemic discrimination towards Indigenous individuals, the Fee has addressed the problem in varied works prior to now, together with within the context of its Dialogue Paper on the notion of “systemic racism.”

She made reference to the Viens Fee which examined discrimination towards Indigenous Peoples.

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“This fee investigated and heard from dozens of witnesses, so {that a} new investigation carried out by the Fee des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse CDPDJ on the identical parts can’t carry greater than the conclusions and requires motion that resulted from this Fee.”

She additionally stated the CDPDJ will meet with indigenous teams twice yearly to work on the issue.

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