Culturally adapted support services can help Indigenous communities heal – CBC

A CAVAC team was sent to the tiny village of Akulivik after a violent tragedy in 2017

Jan 30, 2018

People who offer culturally adapted support services for victims of crime in northern Quebec say their work is essential to help Indigenous communities heal and access justice.

The Crime Victims Assistance Centre (CAVAC) for the Cree territory and CAVAC Nunavik are part of a pan-Quebec network of support workers who help victims of crime, witnesses and families in the wake of a violent act — something that often means something very different in the North.

“In a smaller community when a crime happens, the victim or victim’s family may know the offender’s family. They may be related,” said Donald Nicholls, who is the director of the Cree Nation Government Department of Justice and Correctional Services.

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