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Batshaw isn’t taking indigenous report seriously, its authors say – CTVNews

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 202025 Views

MONTREAL — Batshaw Youth and Family Services has ignored a report highlighting its lack of awareness of indigenous issues, the report’s authors have said.

In Nov. 2019, researchers released a report: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back, critical of the way Batshaw handles cases involving indigenous families. Since then, the report’s recommendations have not been implemented according to the report’s authors.

“Yes, they might be uncomfortable, but we’re not saying anything in this report that they don’t already know,” said Nakuset, executive director of the native women’s shelter, who worked on the report. “We’re not making stuff up.”

The report found that a lack of translation services is a barrier to services for indigenous families, especially Inuit. It also found little awareness amongst First Nations in Quebec and indigenous peoples in general. Blatant calls to improve care for indigenous families were “not on the radar” of provincial decision-makers, the report found.

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