Batshaw pledges to improve services to Indigenous youth – Montreal Gazette

The rule book at group homes and shelters will be translated into Inuktitut.

After coming under scathing criticism for its treatment of Indigenous youth, Batshaw Youth and Family Centres says it’s improving services for aboriginals under its care.

The Quebec Human Rights and Youth Commission suggested many of the changes last spring in a report that concluded young Inuit from Nunavik have been “denied their right to cultural preservation and cultural life.”

Some aboriginal children were also deprived of a proper education and, in some cases, discouraged from speaking their mother tongue during certain interventions with Batshaw staff, the report found.

Batshaw has denied that staff discourage youth from speaking Inuktitut.

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