Quebec’s new special Indigenous affairs adviser – Toronto Star

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Quebec’s new special Indigenous affairs adviser – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on June 18, 202126 Views

June 18, 2021

As a former journalist who extensively reported on the disappearance of Indigenous youth, Anne Panasuk said she is committed to carry on her search for answers.

Only this time, it will be in her new role of special adviser for the support of families of missing Indigenous children.

On Tuesday, June 15, Indigenous Affairs minister Ian Lafrenière confirmed the nomination of Panasuk to this role, which among other things, primarily puts her in charge of advising the government on the application of a new legislation, Bill 79, which allows the sharing of information such as medical files with family members.

“The law authorizes families not only to independently open medical archives, it also gives them the right to look into documents of religious congregations,” explained Panasuk. “This enables them to also look at cases where children were sent to sanatorium, which were operated by religious congregations.”

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