An investigation regarding Inuit youth hosted at the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal is launched
Montréal, December 21, 2018 — Considering the nature of information brought to its attention, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse has launched an investigation on its own initiative concerning youth protection services provided to Inuit youth housed by the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal.
The Commission received information regarding notably the use of Inuktitut. It has been reported that youth living in shelters were not allowed to communicate in their own language and some youth would have suffered reprisals for speaking in Inuktitut. In addition, following their transfer from Nunavik to the Montréal area, no social worker was assigned to the youth upon arrival, on the pretext that they are still under the responsibility of the Nunavik DYP. The Nunavik DYP would not ensure social monitoring and its responsibilities assigned under the Youth Protection Act.
Since the Commission has reason to believe that the rights of these youth may have been violated under the Youth Protection Act, it is carrying out an investigation. The purpose of this investigation is to verify whether the rights of these young people have been respected and, if so, to have the situation corrected.
It should be noted that the Commission will not make any comments during the investigation.
The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Human Rights and Youth Commission) ensures the promotion and respect of the principles set out in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. It also ensures that the interests of children are protected and that their rights recognized in the Youth Protection Act are respected and promoted. In addition, the Commission oversees compliance with the Act respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies.
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