Proposed class-action suit alleges abuse at hands of Quebec youth protection services – Global News

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 202371 Views

September 26, 2023

A team of lawyers representing Inuit children and their families in Nunavik and Indigenous children not living on reserves in Quebec are seeking to launch a class-action lawsuit against the provincial and federal governments over discrimination they claim was suffered related to the director of youth protection services and other health and social services.

The suit seeks to address what attorneys say was decades of discrimination suffered by the children and a chronic and unlawful lack of funding for child welfare and other services in Nunavik since 1975 and for children living off reserve who were removed from their homes and placed in foster care since 1992.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

The suit says these children were overrepresented in the youth protection system in Quebec by an alarming margin. They say an untold number of children suffered because of it.

“It is known this problem has been affecting children in Nunavik and off reserve for decades,” lawyer for the plaintiffs William Colish said. “There are potentially tens of thousands of individuals who could be affected by this class.”

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